A TREASURY OF THE WORLD'S GREAT LETTERS by M. Lincoln -- ed. Schuster
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A TREASURY OF THE WORLD'S GREAT LETTERS

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I've not seen the completed galleys, but I have seen enough of this to feel justified in substantiating Dick Simon's claim that here is their successor to last year's leader, A Treasury of Art Masterpieces. And that in spite of the undeniable hurdle of a public resistance to collections of letters. For here are letters that changed world history; here are intimate letters that reveal little known facets of famous men and women; here are letters that give the recipient for the first time, word of what has been become basic history; here are letters that are adventure and romance and autobiography and philosophy and travel and wit and the turning pages of history in the making. There are names to conjure with:- Alexander the Great, Darius, Heloise and Abelard, Christopher Columbus, Michelangelo, George Washington, Robert Louis Stevenson, Leon Trotsky, Thomas Mann, Nero, Henry the Eighth, Sarah Bernhardt, P. T. Barnum, George Bernard Shaw, H. L. Mencken, and so on and on. A glance through the admirable brochure, supplied by the publishers, will give you a taste of what is to come. From all available evidence, there isn't a dull letter in the lot, nor one included merely for the sake of the signature. But every letter is in itself -- or in its context --interesting and revealing and important for one reason or another. Each letter is preceded by an editorial note, which gives the letter its place in time and personality; each is followed by either its answer, or a note as to the outcome. Some of the letters are new to literature. All in all, a brilliant piece of editing, showing boundless enthusiasm, thorough scholarship, and -- most important of all -- a sense for universal appeal. The publishers have available sales promotion material to help you sell the book. Go to it.

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1940
Publisher: Simon & Schuster