5 Books of Letters by Famous Authors to Inspire You on Letter Writing Day

It’s National Letter Writing Day, and what better way to celebrate than to reminiscence in some of our favorite authors own letters?

Hey booklovers and letter writing friends! It’s National Letter Writing Day, and what better way to celebrate than to reminiscence in some of our favorite authors own letters? Maybe these books will inspire you to pick up a pen, quill, or any other writing tool you prefer and write some of your own letters!

Letters to Milena by Franz Kafka

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In no other work does Franz Kafka reveal himself as in Letters to Milena, which begins as a business correspondence but soon develops into a passionate but doomed epistolary love affair. Kafka’s Czech translator, Milena Jesenská, was a gifter and charismatic woman who was uniquely able to recognize Kafka’s complex genius and his even more complex character. For Kafka, she was “a living fire, such as I have never seen.” It was to Milena that he revealed his most intimate self and, eventually, entrusted his diaries for safekeeping.

Emily Dickinson: Selected Letters by Emily Dickinson

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When the complete Letters of Emily Dickinson appeared in three volumes in 1958, Robert Kirsch welcomed them in the Los Angeles Times, saying “The missives offer access to the mind and heart of one of America’s most intriguing literary personalities.” This one-volume selection is at last available in paperback. It provides crucial texts for the appreciation of American literature, women’s experience in the nineteenth century, and literature in general.

Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker by Audre Lorde and Pat Parker

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Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. African & African American Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Women’s Studies. 2019 Over the Rainbow Booklist Selection for Nonfiction. Poets Audre Lorde and Pat Parker first met in 1969; they began exchanging letters regularly five years later. Over the next fifteen years, Lorde and Parker shared ideas, advice, and confidences through the mail. They sent each other handwritten and typewritten letters and postcards often with inserted items including articles, money, and video tapes. SISTER LOVE: THE LETTERS OF AUDRE LORDE AND PAT PARKER 1974-1989 gathers this correspondence for readers to eavesdrop on Lorde and Parker. They discuss their work as writers as well as intimate details of their lives, including periods when each lived with cancer. SISTER LOVE is a rare opportunity to glimpse inside the minds and friendship of two great twentieth century poets.

George Orwell: A Life In Letters by George orwell

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Meticulously edited and fully annotated by Peter Davison, the world’s preeminent Orwell scholar, the volume presents Orwell “in all his varieties” and his relationships with those most close to him, especially his first wife, Eileen. Combined with rare photographs and hand-drawn illustrations, George Orwell: A Life in Letters offers “everything a reader new to Orwell needs to know…and a great deal that diehard fans will be enchanted to have” (New Statesmen).

The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde by Oscar wilde

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Deliciously wicked, astoundingly clever, and often outright shocking, Oscar Wilde put his art into his work and his genius into his life. In this collection, replete with newly discovered letters, the full extent of that genius is unveiled.
Charting his life from his Irish upbringing to fame in his fin de siècle London to infamy and exile in Paris, the letters–written between 1875 and 1900 to publishers and fans, friends and lovers, enemies and adversaries–resound with Wilde’s wit, brilliance, and humanity. Wilde’s grandson, Merlin Holland, and Rupert Hart-Davis have produced a provocative and revealing self-portrait.

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