By Simon Garfield
The New York Times bestselling writer of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its attainable salvation within the electronic age.
Few issues are as exciting—and almost certainly life-changing—as researching an outdated letter. And whereas etiquette books nonetheless extol the perform, letter writing looks disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. the new decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so sizeable that during the long run historians may perhaps divide time now not among BC and advert yet among the eras whilst humans wrote letters and after they didn't. So New York Times bestselling writer Simon Garfield asks: Can whatever be performed to restore a tradition that has dictated and tracked the development of civilization for greater than years?
In To the Letter, Garfield strains the interesting historical past of letter writing from the affection letter and the company letter to the chain letter and the letter of advice. He offers a young critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He additionally considers the function that letters have performed as a literary machine from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, all of the rage within the eighteenth century and alive and good this day with bestsellers like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. At a time while the decline of letter writing seems to be irreversible, Garfield is the fitting candidate to encourage bibliophiles to place pen to paper and create “a kind of expression, emotion, and tactile satisfaction we could clasp to our heart.”