To Jane Welsh Carlyle love letters were "paper kisses", to Mary Wordsworth the "beating of thy inmost heart upon paper". Passion, longing, the desolation of unrequited love or the end of an affair are some of the consuming emotions in this compendium which reveals the enduring power of the love affair to produce ardent and often unguarded personal writing. From Emily Dickinson to Anais Nin, Anne Boleyn to the Empress Josephine, a miner's wife writing to her dead husband to prisoners of war in a Russian jail writing to friends and family, as well as contemporary figures such as Winnie Mandela and poets Suniti Namjoshi and Gillian Hanscombe, all wrote highly charged love letters. With the promise of glimpses into the writers' hearts, this anthology delivers Virginia Woolf, Colette, Simone de Beauvoir and many others.
Used availability for Jill Dawson's Love Letters
January 1997 : UK Hardback