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anonymous_guest
06-17-2010, 02:34 PM
I'm not sure if this has been posted before, but I thought I'd share it anyway. :)

http://www.lettersofnote.com/search/label/author

It's a blog that has pictures and transcripts of letters written by famous people from all over. The authors section is particularly interesting! They've got letters by everyone from Hunter S Thompson to T.S. Eliot to Virginia Woolf to Philip K Dick.

Here's a bit from a letter T.S. Eliot wrote to his 4-year-old godson, which apparently inspired him to later write Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Possum%27s_Book_of_Practical_Cats):


Dear Tom,

I believe that you are to have a Birthday soon, and I think that you will then be Four Years Old (I am not Clever at Arithmetic) but that is a Great Age, so I thought we might send out this

INVITATION
TO ALL POLLICLE DOGS & JELLICLE CATS
TO COME TO THE BIRTHDAY OF
THOMAS FABER.

Pollicle Dogs and Jellicle Cats!
Come from your Kennels & Houses & Flats;
Pollicle Dogs & Cats, draw near;
Jellicle Cats & Dogs, Appear;
Come with your Ears & your Whiskers & Tails
Over the Mountains & Valleys of Wales.
This is your ONLY CHANCE THIS YEAR,
Your ONLY CHANCE to - what do you spose? -
Brush Up your Coats and Turn out your Toes,
And come with a Hop & a Skip & a Dance -
Because, for this year, it's your ONLY CHANCE
To come with your Whiskers & Tails & Hair on
To
Ty Glyn Aeron
Ciliau Aeron -
Because your are INVITED to Come
With a Flute & a Fife & a Fiddle & Drum,
With a Fiddle, a Fife, & a Drum & a Tabor (A Musicle Instrument that makes a Joyful Noise)
To the Birthday Party of
THOMAS ERLE FABER!

Oh But P.S. we mustn't send out this Invitation after All, Because, if ALL the Pollicle Dogs & Jellicle Cats came (and of course they would come) then all the roads would be blocked up, and what's more, they would track Muddy Feet into the House, and your Mother wouldn't Like that at All, and what's More Still, you would have to give them All a Piece of your Birthday Cake, and there would be so Many that there wouldn't be any Cake left for you, and that would be Dreadful, so we won't send out this Invitation,
so no more for the Present from your

Silly Uncle

Tom.My favourite is this correspondence between Dr Seuss and a fan:

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2009/12/you-gave-me-valuable-gift-you-took-me.html


So cute! :D

shaldna
06-17-2010, 03:28 PM
I think it's wonderful when people take time out of thier day to respond to a fan, especially a young one.

anonymous_guest
06-17-2010, 03:58 PM
Yeah! It's so sweet and I think it has a really big impact on kids. Sometimes all it takes is a few kind words to inspire someone for life :)

Ken
06-19-2010, 03:41 AM
... "Muddy Feet" be darned. The Pollicle Dogs and Jellicle Cats should still have been invited to the party! *stomps foot*

Very nice letter though :-)

jsh7777
06-20-2010, 09:17 PM
Pretty neat! Thanks for the links.

SH