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100 Letters That Changed the World

Colin Salter

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781911641094

Price: £14.99

Publication date: 7 November 2019

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A collection of the most inspiring and powerful letters of all time.

The written word has the power to inspire, astonish and entertain, as this collection of 100 letters that changed history will show. Ordered chronologically, the letters range from ink-inscribed tablets that vividly describe life in the Roman Empire to remarkable last wills and testaments, passionate outpourings of love and despair, and succinct notes with deadly consequences.

Entries include: A resumé from Leonardo da Vinci, with barely a mention of his artistic talents; Henry VIII’s love letters to Anne Boleyn, which eventually led to the dissolution of the monasteries; Beatrix Potter’s correspondence with a friend’s son that introduced the character of Peter Rabbit; SOS telegrams from the Titanic; Abraham Lincoln’s letter that contradicted his fight against slavery; a legal letter marking the end of the Beatles; Emile Zola’s open letter (‘J’accuse!’); the scrawled note that brought about Oscar Wilde’s downfall; as well as famous last words from Virginia Woolf to Kurt Cobain.

ABOUT THE Author

Edinburgh-based writer Colin Salter is the author of Jaguar: The Iconic Models That Defined The Marque (2017) and a man throughly at home on Scotland’s great scenic route ‘The NorthWest 500’. Another of his recent books, Men on the Moon: A History of Space Exploration (2015) will be of no use to him as he tackles the earth’s epic drives.

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