A trunk full of old letters

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It’s official. Nina Sankovitch, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, announced her next big thing: a nonfiction book about letter writing. The author who famously read a book every day for a year got the idea for her second book when she moved into her New England home and uncovered a trunk of letters hidden in her back yard. (Doesn’t that sound like the preface to some Victorian sensational novel?)

Sankovitch explains: “The trunk was filled with hundreds of letters written by a boy to his mother from when he was about four years old, through his four years at Princeton from 1908 – 1912, and up until the death of his mother in 1937. I’ve always loved reading letters, and the discovery set me on a quest of understanding the unique qualities of letters that make them such forces for connection and remembrance.”

A trunk full of old letters? Just hiding out in your back yard? How lucky can you get! That is the sort of thing my sister and I used to dream of finding on our many excursions through the woods of our back yard and into the cluttered treasure trove of our attic. No such luck.

I suppose I’ll just have to live vicariously through Nina, for the second time.

Do you still write letters by hand? I’d love to get into it!

 

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4 comments
  1. Because of your earlier post about Nina, I set myself the challenge to write an illustrated letter a day. Lovely bloggers have got right behind the idea and my letters have been flying right around the world. And I’m getting letters back! Thank you for the inspiration :)

    • Erin said:

      Wow! How wonderful is that? And what a lovely idea! I’m so glad you were inspired — Nina has a way of doing that. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

  2. for years i wrote letters to friends and family. i send one out off and on now but have become a postcard writer moreso. i make my own mostly and send them out in waves. i also like to collect old postcards and read what people were writing about in years past. thanks. i’m coincidentally reading the Sankovitch book right now.

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