Love Letters: Intimate Correspondence between Famous Lovers
edited by Andrea Clarke
This beautifully presented selection of original love letters from the British Library's archive invites us into a privileged realm of intimacy. The thirty handwritten notes included in this book span centuries, cultures and continents. In a timely reminder of the power of the written word in this age of electronic communication, these personal letters contain expressions of every shade of love, from the joy of falling in love to the pain of unrequited passion. They include amorous declarations, pain and grief, the final separation of loved ones and philosophical reflections on the end of a love affair.
The reproduction of the original letters on the page adds another dimension to our appreciation of these famous lovers' relationships. There simply is nothing quite like receiving a personal handwritten note from the one you love...
Editor Andrea Clarke is Lead Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts at the British Library.
Edition: First published 2011; this edition published 2020
Extent: 144 pages
Dimensions: H:21cm, W:14.9cm, D:1.8cm
Illustrations: Colour and B&W
ISBN-10: 0712353518; ISBN-13: 978-0-7123-5351-9