Letters of Note: Love

A compulsive collection of the world’s most entertaining, inspiring and powerful letters with love at their heart.

Includes letters by Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Zora Neale Hurston, Evelyn Waugh, Vita Sackville-West, Nelson Mandela, John Steinbeck
& many more.

2020

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Letters

The Elephant Man

In December of 1886, the chairman of London Hospital, Francis Carr-Gomm, wrote to The Times newspaper and told of a disfigured 27-year-old man whose appearance was so “terrible” that he was reduced to living in a small, isolated attic room at the hospital, hidden from view. Carr-Gomm was in fact describing Joseph Merrick—”The Elephant Man”—a

This appalling horror

Florence Nightingale’s influence in the world of nursing is impossible to quantify. Born in 1820 to a wealthy family, she knew from a young age that caring for the sick and vulnerable was her calling in life, much to the disapproval of her parents. Little did they know, but their daughter would one day become

What do you take me for?

Sitting behind a sheet of glass at the British Museum in London, inscribed on a clay tablet in an ancient script known as cuneiform, is solid proof of two things: firstly, that poor customer service–an affliction that somehow feels like a modern phenomenon–has actually been a plague on societies for at least 3775 long years,

You are the best author in human history

In 2013, a then-9-year-old boy named Joshua wrote to his hero, Alan Moore, the genius responsible for writing such classics as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Joshua’s father recently told me by email: “Whilst my sons were at primary school they both did an exercise in English where they wrote letters

Events

Letters Live at WoW 2020

Letters Live at WOW

On International Women’s Day, March 8th 2020, Letters Live made its Women of the World debut in the tenth anniversary year of the festival…

Letters Live at Union Chapel 2020

Letters Live at Union Chapel

On March 4th, 5th and 6th of 2020, Letters Live returned to London’s iconic Union Chapel for the fourth time, to once again bring letters to life…