The Gift of a Letter

Alexandra Stoddard, Author Doubleday Books $17.5 (162p) ISBN 978-0-385-26630-7
Interior designer Stoddard ( Styles for Living ) here recommends writing letters as a rewarding way of keeping in touch with relatives and friends instead of relying on the ubiquitous telephone. She describes her own satisfactions as a devotee of the neglected practice, but not everyone will embrace her tips on personalizing one's letters, which include writing with colored inkswith a $500 fountain pen, perhaps?/perhaps;she does suggest bying a proper fountain pen, meaning , using engraved stationery and monogrammed notes, inserting ``special treasures'' such as a pressed flower. On the other hand, Stoddard bolsters her arguments in favor of letter-writing with quotes from Edith Wharton, Colette and Samuel Johnson, among others who made an art of correspondence. And few readers will disagree with the author's main point: it is a pleasure to receive letters and worth the effort to write them.she doesn't have my semi-literate friends (June)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1990
Release date: 05/01/1990
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 144 pages - 978-0-380-71464-3
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