A collection of personal feelings written to perfection, edited by Ursula Doyle, Love Letters of Great Men takes found love letters by great men of history and compiles them into a page turning account of what love used to be like, before the text replaced the letter and Tinder rained supreme.
Each letter, though not always grammatically sound, spells a personal eloquence of professed love over and over with each turn of the page. With the likes of Ludwig Van Beethoven to his ‘Immortal Beloved’ and Nathaniel Hawthorne to his wife Sophia this book takes the greatest of great men and relies heavily on the reality of love’s prowess.
The only downfall of the book is that although the language and love in the book is that of fairy tale proportions, some of the back stories go into detail about how some of the letters were written to mistresses and the heavy theme of adultery takes away from from the ‘true love’ appeal that is promised through reading the letters on their own. Had they been left out—the back stories—the letters could have possibly given way to the reader imagining their own love story between the writer and the subject, but nonetheless each and every letter is written beautifully and full of just that, love.
Lots of love,