Correspondence

Posted on October 31, 2011 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off

November makes the last leaves fall as well as the temperature – a great time to stay at home and get in touch with friends… To get you in the write mood, we present 10 corresponding gems from our catalog.

The Cathay poems, written by Ezra Pound, or rather, tranlated from the Japanese and Chinese, contain Exile’s Letter by the Chinese poet Li Po. Enjoy also the other poems, most of them with travel as theme.

Another travel narrative are the 25 Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft. She went there to restore a failing relationship, and ended up writing her most popular book – composed of her letters and journal entries.

Squire Bramble’s family is travelling through England, and the letters to their friends tell about The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker, the adventures of one of their ostlers. Interesting is that none of the letters in Tobias Smollett’s funniest work is written by Humphrey himself…

On the other extreme are the 320 Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman that Philip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, wrote during his lifetime, an enormous manual on self-improvement.

The improvement of the life of a fatherless child was the main motivation behind the letters – and the money sent – of an American boy to his Deer Godchild in France of World War I. The letters were put together by Marguerite Bernard and Edith Serrell.

Daddy Long Legs is the name a young orphan girl gives to her benefactor who pays her college education to become a writer. In return he expects regular letters to see how much she has learned. Find out if the money was well invested in Jean Webster’s well known novel.

Carl Stanton invested his money in an agency to have romantic letters written to him. After all, he is chained to his bed with bad rheumatism, and his girlfriend is not really into letter writing. In the end, however, he gets more than he paid for in Eleanor Hallowell Abbott’s novel Molly Make Believe.

Another romantic story unfolds in the letters of Pamela to her parents. In this epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, the long resistance of the teenage housemaid is finally rewarded when her master proposes to her.

Letters of Two Brides, namely Louise de Chaulieur and Renée de Maucombe, describes the lives of two young women, starting from the time when they left the convent where they first met. Honoré de Balzac takes you on a journey spanning 17 years and 56 letters.

You know me, Al, by Ring Lardner tells two years of baseball history in a fictional setting: A typical men’s friendship where Chicago White Sox pitcher Jack Keefe keeps writing letters to his old friend Al at home.

Enjoy – and don’t forget to write!

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