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The Letter Exchange, Winter 2013




Your letter was like the drawing up of a curtain.
— Robert Louis Stevenson

Writing between the Lines
Wondering about the more than 200 books Lexer Tami Orr (Writing between the Lines, page 6) has written? (And she still finds time for letters!) Here's a link to many of them. You can also read an interview with Tami at Home Education Magazine, and if you don't want to wait until the next issue of LEX to see what she's writing about, check out the magazine itself.

Christopher Morley
We've featured Christopher Morley's humorous writings about letters before (Issue 17), and will probably do so again. Many of his books are available at Gutenberg, including Mince Pie, the collection of essays this issue's selection is taken from. There are also many of books available on Google Books, and of course in libraries. He was a prolific writer who worked with Ogden Nash, edited Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, helped found the original Sherlock Holmes fan club The Baker Street Irregulars, and wrote Kitty Foyle, which was made into a movie starring Ginger Rogers. An organization devoted to preserving his legacy is the Christopher Morley Knothole Association (he called the small cabin where he did much of his writing The Knothole), but their website is not very extensive and the dates of material suggests the organization is not very active.

The World of Letters
Most of the online information about Jeanne Julie Éléonore de Lespinasse is essentially a rehash and condensation of the Introduction and Notes of Letters of Mlle. de Lespinasse, which includes tributes by Jean-Baptiste le Rond d'Alembert, a physicist and mathematician who lived with Mlle. de Lespinasse as a friend and developed a love for her which she did not return and may not have been aware of, and Jacques Antoine Hippolyte, Comte de Guibert, the object of Mlle. de Lespinasse's obsessive love. There are also biographies available for free reading at Google Books, including Julie de Lespinasse, which describes her salon and her political and cultural influence as well as her intense love affair, and A Star of the Salons, Julie de Lespinasse, which is more personal. More recent books with limited or no previews at Google Books are available through libraries; Worldcat has a list. In addition, there's a description of her salon, with excerpts from writings of the period, at Fordham University's Modern History site about salons.

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