Love Letters of Great Men

Version: Abridged
Author: Ursula Doyle
Narrator: Anton Lesser
Genres: Romance, Fiction & Literature, Literature, Essays & Anthologies
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: November 2008
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Remember the wonderfully romantic book of love letters that Carrie reads aloud to Big in the recent blockbuster film, "Sex and the City"? Fans raced to buy copies of their own, only to find out that the beautiful book didn't actually exist. However, since all of the letters referenced in the film did exist, we decided to publish this gorgeous keepsake ourselves. "Love Letters of Great Men" follows hot on the heels of the film and collects together some of history's most romantic letters from the private papers of Beethoven, Mark Twain, Mozart, and Lord Byron. For some of these great men, love is "a delicious poison" (William Congreve); for others, "a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, & books & music" (Charles Darwin). Love can scorch like the heat of the sun (Henry VIII), or penetrate the depths of one's heart like a cooling rain (Flaubert). Every shade of love is here, from the exquisite eloquence of Oscar Wilde and the simple devotion of Robert Browning, to the wonderfully modern misery of the Roman Pliny the Younger, losing himself in work to forget how much he misses his beloved wife, Calpurnia.
Taken together, these letters show that perhaps men haven't changed all that much over the last 2,000 years--passion, jealousy, hope and longing still rule their hearts and minds. In an age of e-mail and texted "i luv u"s, this timeless and unique collection reminds us that nothing can compare to the simple joy of sitting down to read a letter from the one you love.

Reviews (1)

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Written by Anonymous on March 24th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Despite an excellent narration, this collection of romantic missives of "great men" is hardly a great listen. Turns out that one love letter from a given century sounds pretty much like all the others from that century. The only letters that stood out were those by Napolean, which were memorable for their distinctly abrasive and abusive textures. Best to turn on this collection shortly before bed. That way when you fall asleep while listening, at least you're not behind the wheel or missing an appointment.

Author Details

Author Details

Doyle, Ursula

Ursula Doyle lives in London where she was, until recently, the deputy publisher of Picador. She is the editor of the book "Love Letters of Great Men".