Hell Hath No Fury: Women's Letters from the End of the Affair

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Anna Holmes
Random House Publishing Group, Dec 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 410 pages
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It’s as old as time: the breakup letter. The kiss-off. The Dear John. The big adios. Simple in its premise, stunningly perfect in its effect. From Anne Boleyn to Sex and the City writer/producer Cindy Chupack, from women both well-known and unknown, imaginary and real, the letters here span the centuries and the emotions—providing a stirring, utterly gratifying glimpse at the power, wit, and fury of a woman’s voice. In a never-before-published letter, Anaïs Nin gives her lover, C. L. Baldwin, a piece of her mind. Charlotte Brontë, in formal fashion, refuses the marriage proposal of Henry Nussey. In a previously unpublished letter, Sylvia Plath writes to her childhood friend and brief lover, Phillip McCurdy, expressing her wish to maintain a platonic relationship. And “Susie Q.” lets “Johnny Smack-O” know that she’s onto his philandering.

The brilliance of the mad missives, caustic communiqués, downhearted dispatches, sweet send-offs, and every other sort of good-bye that fills these pages will surely resonate with anyone who has ever loved, lost, left, languished, or laughed a hearty last laugh.

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Review: Hell Hath No Fury: Women's Letters from the End of the Affair

User Review  - Ariel - Goodreads

I loved some of the older letters from royalty and literary greats, because its humbling to see how romantic angst is so similar across centuries, but the modern letters were less fascinating precisely because of their familiarity. Read full review

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If you are looking for a great laugh this I the book for you Read full review


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Born in Brooklyn, Francine Prose has published fourteen novels. The Washington Post has called her work a "sheer delight.

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