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A Love No Less: Two Centuries of African American Love Letters Hardcover – January 14, 2003

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In this collection, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Newkirk presents letters from all sorts of people-slaves, entertainers, businessmen, and soldiers, among others-who express their most intimate thoughts and feelings.
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A Delightful paean to African American love, this treasury of fifty letters written by well known figures and ordinary folk alike resonates with the joy and tenderness of romance, and offers glimpses into the social, literary, and political lives of black Americans throughout the last two centuries.

An elegantly designed volume, printed in sepia and enhanced with photographs, A LOVE NO LESS presents the letters of African American lovers of all walks of life--from slave letters to the celebrated turn-of-the-twentieth-century poet Paul Laurence Dunbar to soldiers fighting World War II, to notable entertainers, businessmen, and civic leaders. Whether they were penned by literary masters or hastily scribbled by soldiers writing home to their wives or girlfriends, the letters are eloquent expressions of the writers? most intimate feelings and touching revelations of the things that matter most in their lives.

A LOVE NO LESS is a testament to black love and to the bonds that endure in the face of physical separation, harsh times, and personal misfortunes. It also provides a peek into the more public arena, as writers tell their lovers about their everyday activities and encounters. Paul Laurence Dunbar writes to his wife about meeting Booker T. Washington and attending a lecture by W. E. B. DuBois. Letters from the Harlem Renaissance capture the excitement and vibrancy of that extraordinary period with stories about dinners, theater parties, shows and social outings with Langston Hughes, Carl Van Vechten and other luminaries. In a letter to her new husband written in the 1930s, stage and screen star Fredi Washington describes seeing a stereo for the first time and recounts her negotiations for a role in a Paramount film.

An enchanting and inspiring look at the power of love to transform and sustain, A LOVE NO LESS is the perfect gift for Valentines Day, anniversaries, birthdays, and weddings, a book that everyone who has ever been in love will treasure.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (January 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385503792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385503792
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A spectacular tribute to black love, Newkirk's book proves that we are a passionate people whose love has and continues to conquer all. The letters are moving and show others what it mean to be truly in love. Further, the book has universal appeal. It is the best Valentine's Day gift available this year. Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Kellemen on September 8, 2005
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Pamela Newkirk has collected a treasury of fifty love letters written by African Americans dating from 1858 to today. Her historical introductions to the each era and each couple are worth the price of the book. The letters themselves offer intimate glimpses into each relationship.

Especially intriguing is the way the letters from males emphasize their respect for and sense of equality of their female mate. Given the patriarchal culture of the past, this is an amazing testimony to the maturity of their love.

One could wish for more letters (and in many cases many more letters were available). The publishers seem to have focused on economy and beauty of display--quality over quantity. For the reader wanting a quick, moving introduction to this genre, "A Love No Less" is no less than a classic. For the researcher wanting an in-depth examination, other original sources will meet that need.

Reviewer: Robert W. Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction." He has also authored "Soul Physicians" and "Spiritual Friends."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2004
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This book is an amazing portrayal of african american love from the 1800's to present day. The letters are extremly powerful and make me cry everytime i read them. Not just a gift for valentines day, its a gift for anyday! you must get this book!!!
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