Happy New Year!
2012 has been an incredible year for Letters of Note, with over 30 million visits to its 900+ letters. Of those featured in the past 12 months, the 15 most-read are as follows, beginning with the most popular:
A stunning letter from an ex-slave to his former master which, when first featured on Letters of Note back in January, was read by millions of people in a matter of days.
A letter to Barack Obama from the young daughter of a gay couple, and the U.S. President’s response.
3. Love, Dad
A wonderful letter of advice from Ronald Reagan to his soon-to-be-wed 26-year-old son.
4. What a world
Author Ken Kesey writes a remarkably touching letter to his closest friends following the tragic death of his 20-year-old son.
During production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder writes to the movie’s director, Mel Stuart, and offers some feedback on Wonka’s costume.
18-year-old Keith Richards writes to his aunt after meeting Mick Jagger.
A powerful letter from Kurt Vonnegut to the head of a school board who recently ordered copies of Slaughterhouse-Five to be burned.
Beautiful advice from poet Ted Hughes to his son, Nicholas, on living life to its fullest.
A typically charming letter from Tom Hanks in response to a request to appear on the Nerdist podcast.
Author John Steinbeck writes to his son with some invaluable advice on love.
11. I like words
In my humble opinion the greatest job application letter ever penned, written by an aspiring screenwriter who later went on to win an Academy Award for his work.
When author Stieg Larsson died in 2004, his partner found a letter in his belongings, “To be opened only after my death.”
A heartbroken 16th-century widow writes a moving letter to her recently deceased husband.
The night before her execution in 1950, Czech politician Milada Horáková writes a farewell letter to her daughter.
A wonderful letter from Fiona Apple, on the subject of love.
I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I have. See you all in 2013.