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Books of Letters

Do you want to be a famous writer/artist/hip personality to be remembered for all time? Start writing letters. Seriously. Everyone (not contemporary) you’ve ever looked up to in the realms of art and literature have had books of their letters (or appendices in later, scholastically inclined republications) published posthumously. Wouldn’t it be nice to leave a legacy of the person, and not just the work? 

In a letter to his Aunt Bama in September of 1927 William Faulkner wrote, “Grandest weathers. I finished the book today. Will get it off tomorrow, and next time I come up, I’ll bring it to you. I don’t know when that’ll be, as I have a job of work I’ll be doing this month. Painting Signs.”

Faulkner painted signs. One of the greatest writers ever to put pen to page painted signs to make ends meet. The man was the just a man. Just as you, glorious writer you, are just a person, and in truth, as good as it might sound to be remembered as a god, you don’t want the world to forget that.

So, now that it’s winter, take some joy in picking out the perfect paper, a pen so magical that it’ll transform your handwriting to gilded script, and start writing. It doesn’t really matter to whom (there are A LOT of lonely prisoners), just that you’re writing. You might get a letter back. And a full mailbox is like Christmas, every day.

List of Amazing Books of Letters



Courtney Davison is the Editorial Intern for Paper Darts. She loves getting mail, eating snacks and wants to be remembered as (a) part(y) animal.

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