I love Flavorwire. Even if they do spell flavour wrong. Many of my wishlist additions are thanks to flavorwire lists. Today’s list is 12 Must-Read Collections of Famous Authors’ Letters.
As an archivist I have seen, read and catalogued several collections of authors’ letters, Henry James was a particular fave, but the collections are almost always one sided (Sylvia Plath was known to write two copies of her letters for her own records, but good luck getting permission to see anything that hasn’t already been published). This reason is probably the why I have never read a book of correspondence, and I don’t have any in my ‘to read’ pile.
From this list I added George Orwell: A Life in Letters to my wishlist. 1984 contains one of my favourite lines in literature where Winston says to Julia, “you’re only a rebel from the waist downward”, each time I hear it I think ‘well, that doesn’t make her any less of a rebel’. Everyone knows that Orwell really comes into his own in his essays and non-fiction, if letters are too much commitment then Such, Such Were the Joys is available in Waterstones for 99p. It would be rude not to.