The Book Show on Letters

On The Point with Mindy Todd this morning we talked about collections of letters. Joining us this month was Nelson Ritschel, Professor of the Humanities at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. This was an abridged show, due to the WCAI membership drive, so there are some bonus books on this list for which we didn’t have time. Do you have a favorite collection of letters? Let us know!

Nelson’s Picks

JANE AUSTEN’S LETTERS, edited by Deirdre Le Faye

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE: A LIFE IN LETTERS, edited by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower, and Charles Foley

LETTERS OF JAMES JOYCE, Volumes II and III, edited by Richard Ellmann

BERNARD SHAW COLLECTED LETTERS, 1926-1950, edited by Dan H. Laurence

THE LETTERS OF EDITH WHARTON, edited by R. W. B. Lewis and Nancy Lewis

OSCAR WILDE: a life in letters, edited by Merlin Holland

THE LETTERS OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, Volume I: 1888-1912 (nine volumes), edited by Nigel Nicolson

Jill’s Picks

A TREASURY OF THE WORLD’S GREAT LETTERS

LETTERS OF E.B. WHITE, Revised Edition

LOVE LETTERS, selected and edited by Peter Washington

CLARISSA, OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY by Samuel Richardson

A LITERATE PASSION: letters of Anaïs Nin & Henry Miller 1932 – 1953, edited and with an introduction by Gunther Stuhlmann

NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR:

The World of Donald Evans

Floating Worlds: the letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer, edited by Peter F. Neumeyer

Letters, Sylvia Townsend Warner, edited by William Maxwell

The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen. (Being published in the U.S. in June!)

The Selected Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson edited by Joel Myerson (See letter to Marcus Spring, July 23, 1850 in which he talks about Margaret Fuller’s death and has sent Henry Thoreau to go to the “wrecking ground” in New York looking for manuscripts or other property belonging to Margaret. Heartbreaking.)

To the Letter: a celebration of the lost art of letter writing by Simon Garfield

Paula Modersohn-Becker: the letters and journal

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