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Love Letters of Great Men, Vol. 1 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1438257244
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John C. Kirkland is an attorney, author and adventurer. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in the City of New York and his legal degree from UCLA. Practicing corporate securities law in Beverly Hills, California, he travels the world seeking adventure—from being fed fugu by a geisha in Tokyo, to knife hunting for wild boar on Haleakala. He has driven a dog sled across the Arctic Ocean, dived with sea turtles in the Mediterranean Sea, and pulled a Nile crocodile from the Gombe River, but mostly he just sits around in his hot tub drinking Chateau Margaux.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (May 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438257244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438257242
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have seen the "Sex and the City" movie several times. This book has all the love letters that Carrie and Big read each other in the movie. It looks to me like the book that Carrie reads in bed. Maybe the book was just inspired by the movie, which came out the same day. Either way, this book is very beautiful and romantic.

I especially enjoyed learning the details of each writer's life. It's amazing how passionate some of our greatest leaders really were. I also love the illustrations, which make me feel like I'm going back in time.

My favorite letter was from John Keats, who (I learned from reading the book) died from consumption at the tender age of 26. While separated from his true love in his dying days, he wrote:

"You could not step or move an eyelid but it would shoot to my heart--I am greedy of you--Do not think of any thing but me. Do not live as if I was not existing--Do not forget me--But have I any right to say you forget me? Perhaps you think of me all day.

"Have I any right to wish you to be unhappy for me? You would forgive me for wishing it, if you knew the extreme passion I have that you should love me--and for you to love me as I do you, you must think of no one but me, much less write that sentence. Yesterday and this morning I have been haunted with a sweet vision--

"I have seen you the whole time in your shepherdess dress. How my senses have ached at it! How my heart has been devoted to it! How my eyes have been full of tears at it! Indeed I think a real Love is enough to occupy the widest heart--Your going to town alone, when I heard of it was a shock to me--yet I expected it--promise me you will not for some time, till I get better. Promise me this and fill the paper full of the most endearing names."

Amazing, heartbreaking, wonderful! Have to stop now, and go read it again
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I have so far had 3 different editions of Love Letters of Great Men, this being the second and possibly the worst. It appears to be the most popular which is why I bought it but I can't understand why so many people would put up with something which is obviously rushed and clumsily put together. Just look at the contents for a start - why are some names only listed with a surname - Shelley, Goethe, Kafka etc and others have their full names - George Bernard Shaw? The Index is even worse with some authors listed by their first name! And why don't the contents match up with what is actually in the book?! And the spelling, don't even get me started - it's Edgar Allan Poe not Edgar Allen Poe! It's shambolic. Didn't anyone even do a basic proofread before sending it to the printers? And what's with the Vincent van Gogh letter being in there? The only existing letter was written to his brother after he had just been rejected by his cousin. This is the entire thing:
Life has become very dear to me, and I am very glad that I love. My life and my love are one. "But you are faced with a `no, never never'" is your reply. My answer to that is, "Old boy, for the present I look upon that `no, never never' as a block of ice which I press to my heart to thaw."
This is not a love letter! If it is then also in this book should be all of the magnificent letters which great men have written to their friends, friends of their loved ones, the family of their loved ones, their own family members, future mothers and fathers-in-law, letters asking for permission to marry their love, letters expressing their love not to the person they actually love but to other people! And Lewis Carroll? Ewww all of those letters were written to children!
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Purchased for my sister in law. We share the same love for SATC so I knew she would get the reference. I couldn't help but read a few poems before wrapping it up for her for xmas, such a great romantic read.
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This really doesn't need a full introduction. It's a compilation of famous men and their love letters between great loves of their lives. It's truly inspiring to read the depth of these men's hearts as they pour so much heartfelt emotion into expressing their undying love to their chosen person. It's sweet, sometimes sad, but well worth the read.
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By Amy on November 6, 2012
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I'm a true romantic who still believes in true love with loyalty and spiritual connection. This product encourages me to not waver from the type of love I believe I deserve from a true gentleman. I'm glad I purchased this product. Thank you.
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As seen from the Sex and the City movie, here is Love Letters of Great Men Vol. 1. While not exactly the one from the movie, it's great to see some quoted letters and also some great love letters from real men. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to see some beautiful words from some famous men.

*4 STARS*

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This is more than a book from The Sex and The City movie. This is a classic reflection of timeless love and chivalry. This is the type of book that makes you want to get in some warm pj's and sit in front of the fire and loose yourself in romantic history.
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This book is so beautiful to read. it's amazing how people used to write passionately. It's becoming a lost art. I've been enjoying each love letters and some of them, after reading a background information of the writers, are quite shocking. This is a good classic book for anyone who is passionate and loves good writing.
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