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This is an auction for TO THE LETTER: A JOUNEY THROUGH A VANISHING WORLD, by Simon Garfield.

"Stuffed with marvellous anecdotes, fascinating historical tidbits and excerpts... Garfield’s epistolary ardour proves infectious."
- New York Times Book Review

"Garfield's book is a shining success."
- Sunday Times (UK)

"A wonderfully elegant history."
- Observer (UK)

“Garfield is a best-selling writer of irresistible enthusiasm. He has energetically and knowledgeably celebrated stamps, typefaces, and maps. Now he champions the infinitely expressive and influential tradition of letter writing. He presents many provocative examples, from letters written by the Romans in Britain 2000 years ago, establishing the conventions of “greetings and farewells,” to the correspondence of Cicero, Madame de Sévigné, Virginia Woolf, and Jack Kerouac. Garfield covers the evolution of postal services, tells curious tales about how letters end up in auction houses and libraries, contrasts letters and e-mails, and ponders the challenges of maintaining digital archives. Threaded throughout is a suspenseful epistolary WWII love story: the courtship-by-mail between post-office employees Chris Barker, serving in the Royal Air Force and stationed in Libya, Italy, and Greece, and Bessie Moore, transferred to the Foreign Office on the home front. Garfield’s robust and propulsive engagement with letters as an essential embodiment of the human spirit and a driving cultural force makes for exciting reading and thoughtful speculation about the future of scholarship and communication.”
- a *** starred *** review in Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2013.

464 pages + illustrations.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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