An anthology of private letters, sketches, signed photographs, and working drafts by some of the greatest figures in Western history and culture from the past eight centuries. The interest in rare letters and autographs has never been stronger. ...
stronger. True to the Letter gives privileged insight into the private lives and minds of one hundred of the most significant figures in the worlds of literature, art, and politics.
This compelling cache of documents, many published here for the first time, is filled with striking insights, anecdotes, and intimate vignettes. Here is a letter in which Gandhi predicts his assassination; a document signed by Elizabeth I on the first day of her reign, where she omits the "R" for Regina; an intimate note from Trotsky to Frida Kahlo; a rare letter from Casanova alluding to his rakish past; a note from JFK's accountant gently querying his expenses.
Most of the documents are illustrated with portraits or photographs of their writers, and each is accompanied by an essay that reveals the circumstances in which it was written. Full transcripts in English of all the originals are supplied at the end of the book. 300 illustrations in color and black and white.
Number of pages: 287
Date of publication: 01/04/2005
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