Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

The name says it all. This engrossing collection brings history to life. Popular British blogger, Shaun Usher has selected 125 letters written by entertainers, artists, presidents, queens, and ordinary citizens. Letters of Note includes fanciful, profound, and often surprising letters, like Annie Oakley’s offer to President McKinley on the eve of the Spanish American War, to place a contingent of 50 lady sharpshooters at his disposal.  A companion paragraph, that sets the piece in context, accompanies each letter.  Most communications also include a photograph of the original letter to enhance the reading experience. You’ll find this treat on the New Books shelf (808.86 LETTERS).

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