Kind Regards: The Lost Art of Letter-Writing

By Liz Williams

Including ruminations at the significance of letter writing from recognized literary and ancient luminaries past, this is the attention-grabbing tale of ways an easy piece of paper revolutionized international communication
"No literary shape is extra revealing, extra spontaneous or extra person than a letter."  —P.D. James
Ever because the creation and lengthening approval for digital conversation, it has turn into clear that the necessary artwork of letter writing is in unhappy decline. E-mails and texts have overtaken the standard pen and paper because the most well liked equipment of communication. Here, the complete history of letter writing and the way it has formed the realm this day is explored—from the early Greek philosophers to the good letter writers Byron and Walpole, in addition to many famous letters that experience replaced the realm. It additionally covers the discovery of the fountain pen and the expansion of the mail supply process, directions for beginner letter writers on how one can build the fitting correspondence, and how—despite the ever-growing impact of technology—handwritten letters may perhaps ultimately be regaining their worth, which means, and recognition within the sleek world.

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