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Unpublished Charles Dickens Letters to be Displayed

Never before seen letters from famous author Charles Dickens were recently discovered, giving us insight into the mind of the literary genius. Twenty-five unpublished letters were recovered from a collection of Dickens’ manuscripts, books from his library, and other personal items. These letters give insight to the life of Charles Dickens, as he was writing some of his most famous works such as A Christmas Carol



In a letter to a friend, dated 9 November 1843, Dickens wrote, “I have half done the Christmas Book, and am resting for two days before going to Chuzzlewit – that is, if I can call anything rest, with that before me.” These letters shed an important light on Dickens’ creative process and what he did to gather inspiration to write. One thing Dickens often did was exercise, which was an important part of his creative process. In a letter written in 1846, while on vacation with his family in Switzerland, Dickens wrote, “It is a tough day, but it is a great thing to get rid of the heat… I may perhaps take a boat for exercise, this evening after dinner.” 


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Cindy Sughrue, director of the Charles Dickens Museum, is fascinated by Dickens’ ability to keep working no matter the circumstances. She says, “It’s this mixture of being on holiday… enjoying a completely different culture and still ‘writing his head off’ and meeting those publication deadlines throughout.” Other unpublished letters reveal Dickens’ strained relationship with his father, though he destroyed most of these letters. The only complete exchange of letters that has survived is between Dickens and a fan of his, a young Danish woman. In his letters, Dickens offers the woman advice writing, “The state of mind which you describe is not a wholesome one… the remedy for it, however, is easy… action, usefulness.” 



The letters have been acquired by the Charles Dickens Museum from an American who has been putting the collection together for more than forty years. The museum raised £1.8m to buy these letters with the help of grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Friends of the National Libraries, and the Dickens Fellowship. The letters will be on display at the Charles Dickens Museum in London later in the year and available to view online over the next two years.


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Next Time You Hate Your Writing, Remember: Dr. Seuss Almost Burned His First Book

Most writers second-guess the quality of their work, whether these doubts are frequent or limited to insomnia-causing late night angst sessions. Fewer writers guess that those on the bestseller list have these same fears. This week, a letter from a young Theodore Geisel—a.k.a. Dr. Seuss—is available at auction for $3,500. Like Geisel's books, the letter tells a fascinating yet unbelievable story: a vulnerable, personal account of an aspiring author who nearly burned his first children's manuscript.

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From Me To You

How This Dad’s Advice to His Daughter Turned into a Published Book

Norman Aladjem, a Hollywood manager and producer, began writing Letters to Mackenzie as an ongoing series of advice he wanted to give to his daughter. As an ‘older dad’, as he describes himself, he wanted to be able to teach his daughter valuable lessons that he’s learned in his life.




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What once started out as a passion project, quickly turned into a small self-help phenomenon. Letters to MacKenzie was a series of letters of advice that Aladjem would post once a week to his Facebook as a way to keep himself accountable and to stick to the project. Aladjem was contacted by a book agent he had on Facebook, and the book was quickly picked up by Simon & Schuster. “I didn’t set out to become an author,” he said. “I set out to write letters to my daughter and then it seemed to have universal themes of female empowerment and lessons about life and the relationships between parents and their children.”


The MacKenzie in question is actually sixteen year-old actress MacKenzie Aladjem who has starred on shows like Hawaii Five-O and Nurse Jackie.


The blog brought him and his family closer together as it provided him a way to articulate feelings and thoughts that he may not have been able to share before. He used the letters to talk about things from allowances, to deaths in the family, or even the birds and the bees. Norm actually planned to bind the letters together and gift them to MacKenzie during her eighteenth birthday, but he joked, “Then somebody bought the book.”





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The novel, entitled From Me to You, was recently published by Post Hill Press.


Aladjem stated that this was one of the most fulfilling things he has done as a parent. “I’ve had people say, ‘I wish my Dad had done that for me’ or ‘I need to start doing this for my kids.’ It’s never too late to do this for those you love.”




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Love letters

5 Reasons Why We Still Need Love Letters

Ah yes, there is nothing quite like romance and grand gestures. As cheesy as they may be, they’re even lovelier these days because they’re so uncommon. Who writes poetry for their love? Who plays them a song on their front porch? All those 80s and 90s rom-coms are so far in the past, yet they’re as relevant now as they were back then. A particular act of love I’m referring to? A good old-fashioned handwritten love letter.


They’re beautiful, simple, true, raw, and real. So where the hell are they?! Nowhere, because they’re a thing of the past. Love letters have been present throughout history long before texts, Facebook, and all that other stuff. It’s great for both readers and writers. So why are they barely a thing when they offer so much more than a kiss face emoji? Although I love that emoji. Here’s five reasons why love letters need to come back.


1. It’s as personal as it gets 


This is first and foremost. Anyone can type out a text by phone or a document on their computer, but to use your full time to take a pen and paper and write your feelings out… that’s something else. It’s charming, original, and it’s an expression of who you really are. Handwriting is such a personal matter and it can say a good amount about who it belongs to. So when in doubt, write it out.


2. They’re way more passionate… Obviously.



There’s something fiery about professing your feelings unapologetically. Everyone wants a true declaration of love in some form. Whether we see it in history, movies, or somewhere in pop culture, there is nothing to take lightly or overthink about a love letter. This is a solid sign of how someone feels. There’s a sense of longing within them; it’s the fact that you’ve been on their mind enough for them to find release in written word. Yes, please.


3. You’ll always have it… I hope



Phones are replaced, calls end, but letters are something you can store safely away in your room. I have a little memory box under my bed where I keep concert tickets, special photos, and select birthday cards from the important people in my life. No, I do not have any love letters in there… yet. However, if I did, they’d go there. When you miss someone or simply want to reread your love’s poetic words, unfolding a worn sheet of paper feels nice in your hands. And if the day comes to part ways, then at least paper is flammable, right?


4. It allows you to tap into your emotions without fear of judgement


This is a very important thing to remember. I find that sometimes we can hold back when faced with the opportunity to say how we really feel. We speak it softly, but inside our minds we’re shouting out what we actually want to say. I know I’ve done it. But when we write it, something about the voice in our heads translating onto paper feels calming. It makes you more fearless and forget less of what people will think. You can just let the chips fall where they may. It will probably come out amazing anyway, so who cares?


5. They’re a thing of the past so why the hell not?




Maybe it’s just me, but I usually like to do what nobody else is doing. Love letters are an art long gone. If everyone’s writing long texts and captions, wouldn’t you want something that has some more magic to it? Stand out and step out on a limb. Your love will know you’ve got that something special when they read your words in a quiet space and think of you. Take my advice: Go against the flow this time.



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