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True to the Letter: 800 Years of Remarkable Correspondence, Documents and Autographsby Pedro Correa Lago
Synopses & Reviews
The interest in rare letters and autographs has never been stronger "True to the Letter gives privileged insight into the private lives and minds of one hundred of the most significant figures in the worlds of literature, art and politics. This compelling cache of documents, many published here for the first time, is filled with striking insights, anecdotes and intimate vignettes. Here is a letter in which Gandhi predicts his assassination; a document signed by Elizabeth I on the first day of her reign, where she omits the "R" for Regina; and intimate note from Frotsky to Frida Kahlo; and rare letter from Casanova alluding to his rakish past; a note from JFK's accountant gently querying his expenses. Most of the documents are illustrated with portraits or photographs of their writers and each is accompanied by an essay that reveals the circumstances in which it was written. Full transcripts in English of all the originals are supplied at the end of the book.
Book News Annotation:
This handsome oversize (10.25x12.5") volume presents letters, sketches, signed photographs, and other documents of prominent men & women throughout history, from the 12th century up through the present time. Original documents, some published for the first time, are beautifully displayed in over 450 color and black & white photographs, and are accompanied by essays that provide historical and social context. Introductory essays address the passion of collectors, different categories of autographs, postcards, forgeries, and the autopen. The book provides photographs or portraits of most of the document writers, and includes full transcripts and translations of the original documents. Do Lago is president of the National Library of Brazil. Original publication was in French by Editions de La Martinière, Paris (2004).
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An anthology of private letters, sketches, signed photographs, and working drafts by some of the greatest figures in Western history and culture from the past eight centuries. This book gives privileged insight into the private lives of one hundred of the most significant figures in the worlds of literature, art, and politics, including JFK, Gandhi, and Elizabeth I.
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