Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Review: Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Derserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher

Synopsis: This spectacular collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history—the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Entries include a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself. The artfulness of Shaun Usher's eclectic arrangement creates a reading experience rich in discovery. Mordant, hilarious, poignant, enlightening—surprise rewards each turn of the page. Colorfully illustrated with photographs, portraits, and relevant artworks, this handsome hardcover is a visual treat too, making Letters of Note an utterly distinctive gift, and an instant classic. (from the online description)

Review: I enjoyed this collection immensely. It's a product of Usher's website of the same name. Reading letters from scientist and actors, queens and presidents, it gave a small glimpse into each of their lives. The format was well-done, with art and, when available, facsimiles of the original letters. For anyone who enjoys the art of letter writing, this is a must-have book. 

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 978-1-4521-3425-3
Date Finished: 12-29-2014
Pages: 351

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