Donnerstag, 22. Januar 2009

Love Letters of Great Men

There is a scene in the film Sex and the City, that sent its mostly female fans flocking into bookshops and desperately searching Amazon for a book that did not exist.

Carrie Bradshaw is lying in bed with her Mr Big and reading extracts from a book called: Love Letters of Great Men. Mr Big then copies bits of the book and emails them to Carrie in order to woo her back after leaving her at the altar.

Fans of the film, keen to buy the book, were disappointed to discover that it was just a figment of the Scriptwriters' imagination and basically a film prop. Booksellers were frustrated that hundreds of would-be customers have left their stores empty-handed and that they were denied the chance to make some sales.

But not any longer! British publishing house, Macmillan, is capitalising on the niche created in the book market and has published a new book with the same title as the one that Carrie read in the film. It is edited by Ursula Doyle. This book will make the perfect Valentine's Day gift!

Although the book did not actually exist, all the letters referred to in the film are real.

The Publishers, Macmillan, say: "From the private papers of Mark Twain and Mozart to those of Robert Browning and Nelson, Love Letters of Great Men collects together some of the most romantic letters in history.

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."

22. Jan. 2009
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