A number of weeks ago on our Facebook page we featured a link to the website Letters of Note. The site houses a number of fascinating letters from a huge number of figures from history as well as more contemporary times. Many letters are by famous writers and through their missives we can gleam some insight into the minds behind some classic novels.
Perhaps you would like to read a charmingly, cryptic letter from Jane Austen to her niece or a rejection letter sent to Gertrude Stein, the very interesting exchange between F.Scott Fitzgerald and his publisher about The Great Gatzby or the letter a 12 year old Douglas Adams wrote to the “Eagle” comic. Many children write to Santa Claus but in J.R.R. Tolkien’s household Father Christmas wrote letters to the children, and then there is Roald Dahl’s response to a young fan upon receipt of her charming gift and a very short, short story from the pen of Arthur C. Clarke. (Only 31 words!) Maybe you’d like to learn Oscar Wilde’s explanation of a famous line from The Picture of Dorian Gray or read what Aldous Huxley wrote to George Orwell some months after the release of Nineteen Eighty-Four. Aspiring writer may find inspiration by reading a hopeful submission letter from a 14 year old Stephen King or F.Scott Fitzgerald’s honest feedback to a young writer. Lastly Harper Lee writing about her love of books and a moving letter from Stieg Larsson to his girlfriend that transcended his passing, are two truly remarkable letters to be found on this site. Fair warning if you click on any of the links you may fall down the rabbit hole and not be seen for a few hours, it certainly happened to me!
(P.S. You will, of course, also find many, many, letters by Mark Twain on the site)