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Letters to Juliet: Celebrating Shakespeare's Greatest Heroine, The...: Celebrating Shakespeare's Greatest Heroine, the Magical City of Verona, and the Power of Love Paperback – May 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1584799122 ISBN-10: 1584799129

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799122
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lise Friedman, a former dancer with Merce Cunningham, was the editor of the quarterly Dance Ink and is the author of First Lessons in Ballet, Break a Leg!: The Kid's Guide to Acting and Stagecraft, and STC's Alvin Ailey Dance Moves!: A New Way to Exercise. She lives in New York City.

Ceil Friedman is a freelance art historian and translator who writes extensively about contemporary art. She lives in Verrona, where she has collaborated for several years with the Verona City Museums and other institutions in Italy.


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Rubenstein on February 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The authors of this wonderful read offer their unique and imaginative take on Shakespeare's love story of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. The authors, Ceil and Lisa Friedman, sisters who live a continent apart, one in New York City, the other in Verona where Juliet was suppose to have lived, have published many of the actual letters people from every corner of the world have written "c/o Juliet, Verona, Italy" A group of women over the span of eight decades has voluntarily answered each of these letters personally. Some of the letters are sad, some happpy, some funny or just thoughtful. In addition to being a beautiful book, there is a very unique surprise at the back of the book ~ a lovely envelope and piece of stationery that is detachable so that the reader might write their very own letter to Juliet. This is a must-have book for anyone who still believes in the power of love!!!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Houser on May 30, 2010
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For anyone who is looking for the "story" of the movie "Letters to Juliet", this is not it! This book tells the origin of the "idea", but in no way is it the same as the movie.

However, I did find it interesting to learn that there really are, and have been, people who write letters to "Juliet" with the hope that "she" will bring them the love and happiness that they are seeking. There are many samples of letters included in the book--some of which are sad, some amusing, and some hopeful and romantic!

It's a great book for background information and the history of the Society of Juliet. These lovely people spend hours writing responses to the letters left at Juliet's house. They are like the "Dear Abby" of Verona! By the way, I did see the movie after reading the book...it was a charming concept of "what if" based on the tradition of these "love" letters.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Poole-Carter on August 10, 2007
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Letters to Juliet belongs in the library of anyone who has ever been touched by the story of Romeo and Juliet. The sister authors, Lise and Ceil Friedman, offer a fascinating glimpse of the legend surrounding the young lovers, lore and history about Verona, itself, and a marvelous selection of letters sent to Juliet from all over the world. Through the years various citizens of Verona have assumed the role of "Secretaries of Juliet", replying to the letters from star-crossed lovers with advice and comfort. This gorgeously designed and illustrated book even provides a passion-pink envelope and stationery for the reader to write his or her own message to Shakespeare's heroine. For Romantics the world over!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book documents the history of Romeo and Juliet in the city of Verona, Italy, from the Middle Ages. A map shows where the dwellings of Romeo and Juliet would have been. The text describes the history of the society, called the Juliet Club, that has maintained the medieval character of the city and that has answered the thousands of letters from people around the world who have written to Juliet about the hopes and fortune of love. The book was a gift. Inside the book is a piece of embossed paper and an envelope on which a reader can write a personal letter to Juliet (and receive a reply to it) as well as a recipe for 'Baci di Giulietta'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cassidy E. Coker on December 2, 2009
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I loved this book it was very informative about Verona, Italy and I loved learning about the first Secretaries of Juliet. The pictures were beautiful and the letters made me both cry and laugh. I don't cry very often but I could sense the urgency and pleading in the letters. I think writing to juliet even knowing it is not juliet replying but her secretary of the Club De Juliet, it is like being stuck somewhere with a stranger you tend to tell them anything and everything. Because you know you will never see them again. Writing letters to Juliet is a way to talk to someone about your deep feelings and you are better at it because you feel more confidant knowing you will not have to face the person your writing to. The book was lovely I definetly desire to write to Juliet. I recommend this book and I recommend writing to Juliet (Verona, Italy). That is all I have to say I love it, Love it, Love it!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Bard on October 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The true story of the letters that are sent to the most romantic of all Shakespeare's heroines. This book book eloquently covers the men and women that have made Juliet's passion come to life for so many people around the world. It contains a brief history of how the letter writing began, where it is now, and the love affair that Verona, Italy showers on its famous lady. Included are many of the letters written over time to her and some of the responses. If you believe in true love or wish to have your faith in humanity through the ages restored, pick up this little volume and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morgan H. on October 17, 2012
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I was initially expecting the story of the movie, but I am delightfully intrigued by this purchase now. A few other comments mentioned a piece of stationary and an envelope, but mine did not come with one. That is honestly the only thing this book is lacking. I love the background information that is provide. I strangely enjoy doing research on this type of thing so the book came in handy. I can also honestly say that I love Verona more than I did before I purchased this book.I am a hopeless romantic so I may actually write to the secretaries of Juliet (just to see the type of response I will get.)
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