The Book of Love: Writers and their Love Letters
The late John Cheever once insisted that "saving a letter is like trying to preserve a kiss." Luckily for us, the loved ones of great writers ranging from Sappho to Anne Sexton, from Anton Chekhov to Mr. Cheever himself have ignored that clever dictum. In more than one hundred of the most powerful, witty, wicked and whimsical letters ever written, we chronicle passion's er...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Plume
(first published December 1992)
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I found The Book of Love: Writers and their Love Letters disappointing. In most cases, we see only one side of the correspondence, which provides only a brief glimpse into the relationship. Maybe my expectations were unreasonable, or maybe I would prefer a collection of letters specific to one couple. I just don't think there was enough reason to group all these letters together in a book. Cathy Davidson's introduction, however, is worth a read.
Cathy N. Davidson served from 1998 until 2006 as the first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University, where she worked with faculty to help create many programs, including the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the program in Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS). She is the co-founder of Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, HASTAC (ha...moreMore about Cathy N. Davidson...