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

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 30, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 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 toSex and the Citywriter/producer Cindy Chupack, from women both well-known and unknown, imaginary and real, the letters here span the centuries and the emotionsproviding a stirring, utterly gratifying glimpse at the power, wit, and fury of a woman's voice. In a never-before-published letter, Anais Nin gives her lover, C. L. Baldwin, a piece of her mind. Charlotte Bronte, 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 In a previously unpublished letter, Sylvia Plath writes to her childhood friend and brief lover, Phillip McCurdy, expressing her wish to maintain a platonic relationship.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 communiques, 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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User Review  - Shell Dieckhaus - Goodreads

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


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About the author (2003)

Francine Prose is the author of sixteen books of fiction. Her novel "A Changed Man" won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and "Blue Angel" was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed "Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife", and the "New York Times" bestseller "Reading Like a Writer". A former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Francine Prose lives in New York City.