A Letter Book: Selected with an Introduction on the History and Art of Letter-Writing

A Letter Book: Selected with an Introduction on the History and Art of Letter-Writing

A Letter Book: Selected with an Introduction on the History and Art of Letter-Writing

A Letter Book: Selected with an Introduction on the History and Art of Letter-Writing

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On letter-writing, as on most things that can themselves be written and talked about, there are current many clichés--stock and banal sayings that express, or have at some time expressed, a certain amount of truth. The most familiar of these for a good many years past has been that the penny post has killed it. Whether revival of the twopenny has caused it to exhibit any kind of corresponding resurrectionary symptoms is a matter which cannot yet be pronounced upon. But it may be possible to avoid these clichés, or at any rate to make no more than necessary glances at them, in composing this little paper, which aims at being a discussion of the Letter as a branch of Literature, no less than an introduction to the specimens of the kind which follow.

If, according to a famous dictum, "Everything has been said," it follows that every definition must have been already made. Therefore, no doubt, somebody has, or many bodies have, before now defined or at least . . .

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