For the Love of Letters: A 21st-Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Reference - 192 pages
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Have you ever wanted to write a thank-you note and suffered writer's block? Considered penning a passionate letter to your beloved, but had no idea where to begin? Needed to send a sympathy message, but couldn't find the right words? Fear not. Professional letter writer Samara O'Shea is here to spark your creativity and answer all your letter-writing questions in this charming guide.

For the Love of Letters is an anecdotal primer on letter writing, with tips on how to write all types of notes: love letters, break-up letters, apology letters, thank-you letters, erotic letters (oh yes!), and more. It's filled with moving, funny, and embarrassing stories about letters Samara has written and received, including an apology from a guy who addressed her by the wrong name, a good-riddance e-mail to a capricious boyfriend, and multiple apology letters after getting fired from an internship at O: The Oprah Magazine. With a fresh, contemporary approach, Samara weighs in on appropriate methods for every situation—for example, when to handwrite, type, or e-mail (yes, e-mail) your letter. There is also a fascinating collection of engaging personal letters written by historical and literary icons such as Marie Antoinette, Beethoven, Edgar Allan Poe, Susan B. Anthony, and Emily Post.

For the Love of Letters will show anyone who has ever shuddered at the idea of sitting down and putting pen to paper—or fingertips to keyboard—how to craft persuasive, interesting, and memorable letters.


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A good read, the type of book you read once only. Has guides to writing various letters. Read full review


Letters as Gifts
erotic Letters
Position of Power 22
Letter Therapy
Return to Sender Letters that are Hard
unauthorized Love Letters
OneShot Deal 76
Letters of Gratitude
You Never Thought
by Katherine Mansfield 106
Religious Context 112
Letters to the editor
by Andrew Carnegie 151
How to Write a Recommendation for Your Offspring 157
acknowLedGments 165

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Samara O'Shea is the author of For the Love of Letters: A 21st-Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing as well as a blogger for The Huffington Post.

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