Letters

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Was he anti-Semitic?

11 November 2009
The Letters of T. S. Eliot, Volume I 1898-1922 Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton (editors)

Faber, pp.871, 35

The Letters of T. S. Eliot, Volume II, 1923-1925 Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton (editors)

Faber, pp.878, 35

Letters give us the life as lived — day-to-day, shapeless, haphazard, contingent, imperfect, authentic. Letters give us the life as lived — day-to-day, shapeless, haphazard, contingent, imperfect, authentic. That is… Read more

A literary gypsy

4 November 2009
J.G. Farrell in his Own Words: Selected Letters and Diaries Lavinia Greacen (editor)

Cork University Press, pp.480, 39 Euros

When Lavinia Greacen undertook her magisterial yet intimately sympathetic biography of James Gordon Farrell, she gained access to his diaries and many of his letters, especially love letters and letters… Read more

Surprising literary ventures

21 October 2009
Love Letters of a Japanese Marie Stopes

Love Letters of a Japanese begins: ‘These letters are real. Love Letters of a Japanese begins: ‘These letters are real. And like all real things they have a quality which… Read more

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More gossip with less art?

25 February 2009
The Letters of Samuel Beckett, 1929-40, Volume I Martha Dow Fehsenfeld and Lois More Overbeck

CUP, pp.781, 30

To say that this first volume of Samuel Beckett’s collected letters is a puzzle and a disappointment is to suggest that one might have had specific expectations of it. Where… Read more

The spice of danger

26 November 2008
From the Front Line: Family Letters & Diaries, 1900 to the Falklands & Afghanistan Hew Pike

Pen & Sword, pp.237, 19.99

From the Front Line: Family Letters & Diaries, 1900 to the Falklands & Afghanistan, by Hew Pike ‘Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier,’ reckoned… Read more

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Love between the lines

19 November 2008

Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, edited by Thomas Travisano and Saskia Hamilton Why does this book need to exist? It’s a legitimate question… Read more