Love Letters of Great Men - Ursula Doyle
From the private papers of Mark Twain and Mozart to those of Robert Browning and Nelson, "Love Letters of Great Men" collects together some of the mos...
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Love Letters of Great Men, edited by Ursula Doyle is a hardback, attractive looking book, the cover being white and covered in hearts which is representative of what you find inside - the perhaps long forgotten art (in these days of technology) of the romantic love letter. This book originally cost £9.99 and was first published in 2008 by Macmillan.Having had a long distance relationship with an Australian man many moons ago I still have the many love letters he sent to me and I can remember how wonderful receiving those letters were and indeed responding back to them.
Unlike the telephone, I could read them over and over and saviour the romantic nature of the written word which to me was equally rewarding if not more so than words of love spoken over the telephone. At the time I thought of my partner as a great man but within the pages of this book are great men that most of you will have heard of, amongst others: - Henry VIII, Mark Twain, Ludwig van Beethoven, Oscar Wilde, Napoleon Bonaparte, Lord Byron, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Alexander Pope, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lord Nelson, Robert Burns, John Keats, Honore de Balzac, Victor Hugo, Robert Browning and Gustave Flaubert.What is interesting about the love letters featured within this collection is that whilst the way in which we now communicate with those we love may largely have changed, the emotions revealed are very much the same: passion, longing, frustration, jealousy, hope devotion and love. Each man may portray this in different ways - the writers' and poets' letters are filled with eloquence and romantic turns of phrase whilst others are more straightfoward but portray just as effectively their feelings of love & devotion.
Before each letter a short paragraph sets the scene for you as to who the people are and a little bit of history puts what they write into context for you. This is particularly helpful if your history is a litlte rusty or the people are not that well known to you.One letter from Ludvig Van Beethhoven to his unnamed 'Immortal Beloved' got a mention in the Sex and the City film when Sarah Jessica Parker was reading (I think from this very book) to Mr Big so you may remember this one as an example of the flavour of this book:
You - my Life - my All - farewell.
Oh, go on loving me - never doubt
the faithfullest heart
Of your beloved
What's interesting is that these great men who in most cases had either great power or talent in their day to day lives show their vulnerability and self-doubt when it comes to love and whether their beloved feels the same strength of feeling towards them. Equally there are entries whereby the writing is filled with such confidence that the writer comes across as a little arrogant and self-absorbed!I found this book interesting largely because I am fascinated by human nature and how people interact and express themselves and the fact that these words are written by men of note adds an interesting dimension to their characters and allows you an insight not usually seen into perhaps the deepest & most heartfelt emotion one can have - that of love.
Thanks for reading. xalso on dooyoo under juliassg71
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Manufacturer's product descriptionFrom the private papers of Mark Twain and Mozart to those of Robert Browning and Nelson, "Love Letters of Great Men" collects together some of the most romantic letters in history.
Title: Love Letters of Great Men
Author: Ursula Doyle
All Authors: Ursula Doyle
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