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Gift of a Letter, The Hardcover – May 1, 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
Interior designer Stoddard ( Styles for Living ) here recommends writing letters as a rewarding way of keeping in touch with relatives and friends instead of relying on the ubiquitous telephone. She describes her own satisfactions as a devotee of the neglected practice, but not everyone will embrace her tips on personalizing one's letters, which include writing with colored inkswith a $500 fountain pen, perhaps?/perhaps;she does suggest bying a proper fountain pen, meaning expensive.gs , using engraved stationery and monogrammed notes, inserting "special treasures" such as a pressed flower. On the other hand, Stoddard bolsters her arguments in favor of letter-writing with quotes from Edith Wharton, Colette and Samuel Johnson, among others who made an art of correspondence. And few readers will disagree with the author's main point: it is a pleasure to receive letters and worth the effort to write them.she doesn't have my semi-literate friends apparently.gs
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Author of twenty-four books, Alexandra Stoddard is a sought-after speaker on the art of living. Through her lectures, articles, and books such as Living a Beautiful Life, Things I Want My Daughters to Know, Time Alive, Grace Notes, Open Your Eyes, and Feeling at Home, she has inspired millions to pursue more fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband in New York City and Stonington Village, Connecticut.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As you read this book it is full of ideas of how and why to keep the art form of letter writing alive. Alexander also makes reference to many others whose letter writings is a part of history. Right now I am in the search for the book Appetite for Life written by Paul Childs. Based off the letters he sent his twin brother. Awesome. I love going to the mail box and finding a letter waiting. Let's keep the art form of letter writing alive.
Ms Stoddard refers to and quotes many famous letter writers including Samuel Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Barrett, E.B.White, etc.; provides appendix listing famous letters she has enjoyed; and warmly discusses the writings of Virginia Wolf throughout the book. She states that, "Surely letter writing must be a part of the pursuit of happiness."
Who can deny the pleasure of receiving a hand written correspondence from someone you personally know even if it says only, "I'm thinking about you..." Ms Stoddard challenges, "dare to begin," "it is never too late," that "no news is not good news," and provides advice concerning how and what to write including comments concerning quality of hand writing.
I recommend this book for any wondering about taking up the valuable habit of letter-writing. Letters allow you to purposefully communicate your true intent and may be read and re-read by the recipients at their leisure. This is an easy and educational read.
Whenever I want to truly relax, I pick up one of Alexandra Stoddard's books because her writing style helps me to escape as much as any good fiction.
There are many tips in this book to help you write letters that would be a real joy to receive. Mrs. Stoddard considers handwritten letters to be gifts to those we love.
I think this book would make a great gift, especially if bundled together with a fountain pen, ink, and lovely note cards or stationery.
I will keep my copy of this book on my writing desk for quick reference and also to grab anytime I want to relax.