What are the best books of letters?

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    #1Letters Home

    Letters Home

    Letters Home is a collection of letters Sylvia Plath wrote, addressed mostly to her mother, sent from the early 1950s up to her death in 1963. Published posthumously, the letters tell of Plath's life as a student, a wife, and a mother.


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    Aarav Pillai
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Amazing book with some outstanding letters and storys. This is one of the best books I've read."
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    #2The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.

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    Pamela Lee
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This story has always tugged at my heart strings. I think anyone who hasn't seen or heard it really should buy the book and check it out. "
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    #3A Writer's Diary

    A Writer's Diary
    A Writer's Diary is a book containing transcriptions of Virginia Woolf's diaries from 1918 to 1941. Woolf kept these diaries while writing her works, and they include insights into her novels as she fashioned them into existence.

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    Beverly Wong
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "This is a sight seers hand guide to Virginia's life. Want to be obsessed with this writer, this is the book. Her husband produces illustrations of her throughout her life. Some of her writing exercises and even some of her diary. This is how you delve into the mind of a writer, this is how you become a writer. Also great gift for young girls to see the strength of women in our past."
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    #4The Courtship of Two Doctors

    The Courtship of Two Doctors

    The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope & Healing is a collection of two year's worth of correspondence between two medical students, Joe and Alice. The book is edited by their daughter, Martha Holoubek Fitzgerald.


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    Joe Green
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "This is so cool, putting together a book from the beginnings of a relations via letters. This is something that would most likely not be accomplished today as the art of the letter is almost gone. I think that this is a fascinating read and can't wait to give it a go. "
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    #584, Charing Cross Road

    84, Charing Cross Road
    84, Charing Cross Road is a collection of 20 years' worth of correspondence between Helene Halff and Frank Doel, a book dealer. Halff, a lover of rare books, sends a letter to Doel, and from there blossoms an enduring friendship.

    Julia Flores
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "A sweet, touching book of an exchange of letters between an broke but erudite New York writer and an antiquarian book dealer in London. Not in the least gimmicky for its letter-to-letter format, which goes to show it's the real thing. A lovely movie also."
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    #6The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

    The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

    The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath is a posthumously published book. It contains the complete transcriptions of Sylvia Plath's journals and personal notes during the last twelve years of her life, from 1950 to 1962.


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    Juan Young
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "i recently bought the book "The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath" for my fiancee, and she really enjoyed it. She said that the book is very delicate and sensitive, and that she loved to finish reading it."
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    #7Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Vishal Das
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A classic due to being a part of a student's education in many places, The Diary of Anne Frank is a real diary of Anne Frank as she hide from the Nazis. It is a must read to experience her feelings as this horrifying event occurred. "
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    #8The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Set in 1946, it tells the story of Juliet Ashton, a writer, and her correspondence with members of the titular society.

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    Eric Schneider
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "If you want a good book, i suggest The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It is written beautifully and will teach you about the history of certain characters."
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    #9I, the Sun

    I, the Sun
    This book tells the story of many of the Hititte kings, emphasizing in Suppiluliumas, a king also known as the Great King who was widely respected due to all his conquers, as he had conquered more than 40 nations, but couldn't get the heart of the woman he loved. 

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    Roy Burke
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I, the Sun is not a book of letters. It tells the story of many Hittite kings, with emphasis on Suppiluliumas (or the Great King). He conquered over 40 nations."
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    #10The Sorrows of Young Werther

    The Sorrows of Young Werther

    The Sorrows of Young Werther is a classic novel written by the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It tells the story of an artist named Werther as he laments the marriage of the woman he loves to another man.


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    Zachary Duncan
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is Goethe's first novel, published in 1774. Written in diary form, it tells the tale of an unhappy, passionate young man hopelessly in love with Charlotte, the wife of a friend - a man who he alternately admires and detests. This is a fictionalized autobiography of Goethe's own experience of being in love with a woman he could never have. "
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    #11Birthday Letters

    Birthday Letters

    Birthday Letters is a compilation of letters written by renowned poet Ted Hughes. It was released in paperback in March 1999. Most of the letters were addressed to his wife Sylvia Plath.


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    William Harris
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I'm not going to lie, I actually teared up a bit when reading this. These letters are so heart wrenching and emotional. Don't miss this!"


Best What are the best books of letters
1Letters HomeBooks 48 Paid
2The Color PurpleBooks 43 Paid
3A Writer's DiaryBooks 41 Paid
4The Courtship of Two DoctorsBooks 39 Paid
584, Charing Cross RoadBooks 38 Paid
6The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia PlathBooks 36 Paid
7Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 34 Paid
8The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyBooks 31 Paid
9I, the SunBooks 6 Paid
10The Sorrows of Young WertherBooks 0 Paid

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