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August 18, 2009
Evelyn Waugh, in a letter to fellow author, Nancy Mitford, written with pen, ink and venom:
"I am sorry the book fascinates you so much, ("Catch 22") It should be cut in half. In particular the activities of Milo should be cut completely.”
I disagree, but grateful Mark Amory gave us "Letters of Evelyn Waugh."
In it, the author of "Decline and Fall" and "The Loved One" tells a young writer his secret:
“I put the words down and push them a bit.”
C.S. Lewis, author of “The Chronicles of Narnia,”writes of the torture of writing letters each day, (he answered everyone) in his customary nib pen dipped in ink:
"The pen has become to me what the oar is to a galley slave."
Napoleon wrote constantly to his wife Josephine but one can only wonder (but not too long) why he penned this one:
"Be home in two weeks. Don't Bathe."
Abigail Adams gave some sage advice to her husband on the eve of Independence:
"Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could."
I have always had a soft spot for "The Groucho Letters:"
Here’s Groucho's edited reply to the legal department at Warner Brothers that claim he couldn’t use the film title, “A Night in Casablanca,” because Warner Brothers owns the right to “Casablanca.”
"Even if you plan on releasing your picture, I am sure that the average movie fan could learn in time to distinguish between Ingrid Bergman and Harpo. I don’t know whether I could, but I certainly would like to try...and since the Marx Brothers were famous before the Warner Brothers, they perhaps owned the rights to use Brothers.”
There's something about feelings expressed in the written word, on real paper, in long hand. Ink, as someone has said, "Thinks."
(Groucho is excused for using a typewriter.)
Today, with the telephone making it easier to convey feelings, the advent of the digital age and penmanship not what it used to be, I don’t think we’ll see collections of letters like these anymore.
Then again I can see,"The Collected Emails of..."
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