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They chose the topic "Great Epistle Writers" and selected four authors and a king to speak. Why should we read her deeds? First, because the mail is supposed to be a moribund shape in our times - in theory superseded by the e-mail, the text, Skype, by normal calls on our mobile phones, etc..
I am currently studying the manuscripts of a lady from the seventeenth cent. with the beautiful name Brilliana Harley. They do have some kind of actual corporeal qualities. Every note has a character I don't think you can say for e-mail. Another thing, generally, about deeds is that they allow us into a person's private world.
The really good cover explains the person in a broad and at the same times private way. Truly good epistolarians, if they are themselves authors - such as Henry James or verses like Byron - often compete with their own writings in their deeds. Your deeds are as good as your fiction or poetry.
Thus the author's instincts turn the epistle itself into a literary expression. For the outrageous way in which they surrender to us in their deeds. It says in her letters: "Look at me. What is the difference between the way Byron reads his correspondences with his fans and Cheryl and Ashley Cole's message after a reporter hacks her telephone?
There' s an exceptional set of touching deeds that Byron sent towards the end of his career to a lady he was in lover with, who are obviously personal. However, everyone who is a proper scribe, as much as he denies it, has a little bit of a tone in the back of his head that says: "Someone else will be reading this in a later family.
" There' s always the easy and intimate nature of the letter for future generations, even if you write for the time and for one individual, and as intimate as possible. I don't think they're necessarily meant for the afterlife. To most of the correspondence I write, even if the individual is not a prolific author, I think that there is something that I wish if the correspondence is good, that it will last longer than a few lessons and will not end up in the trash.
Let's get there via Lord Byron - who lived a very interesting and interesting career, which is certainly worth sniffing into. You tell us about his deeds. What is marvelous about Byron's epistles is the exceptional diversity of sounds they have. He can be a lot of fun, he has exceptional oral skills.
For example, there is a beautiful note that describes a drinking evening with Sheridan, the playwright. As Byron says, "We had to take him down the damn stairs of the corkscrew," and you have the notion that all these men - even under the influence - are trying to go down this slender, spiralling stairway, Sheridan, who was quite a tall one.
However, at the end of Byron's career, a completely different person appears in the epistles to Teresa Guiccioli, who was his so-called last great affair. Byron didn't send a letter to a Grecian kid named Lukas Chalandritsanos because he was there the whole last day in Byron's last town.
Byron's deeds to Teresa are completely different. They' re composed with this exceptional passion and heat, and for Byron an astonishing fragility. She' s in charge and Byron' s upset. Then when Byron writes to his editor John Murray, another person comes out. It is a mix of privacy and consciousness that this man is his salesman, but also that he, Byron, was a gentleman.
Much snobbism existed about Byron, he really often stood on his noble worth. Although he is also very enchanting with Murray, he wants to keep him on his side. That' s exactly what makes every single piece of Byron's letter a great treat to take off the shelf and through it.
For example, in Keats' epistles he says goodbye in a very self-confident, romantically way. For Byron, do you think there is the same self-image as for the great minstrel, gentleman and enthusiast, whom he must do justice to in his deeds? I wish in a way I had taken him in, because he is as good a novelist as Byron.
He kept his barbaric attitude to the people, but very rarely do we find a meaning for his poetical vocation. He was the Hemingway of his age? This is also expressed in the deeds. Let us now turn to Stendhal' s epistles in chronological order. What is marvellous about Stendhal is that his love affair as a novelist was with him forever.
There' s a French version of Stendhal named Monsieur Moi Même - Mr Me. There' s no author like him. They are a kind of logbook of the self, and in this way they are very skilfully coordinated with the correspondents. Out of all the correspondents I'm speaking of, he is most aware of who he writes to and what interests them.
She was younger than him and had less previous experiences with the outside wide open spaces, but you always get a feeling for the value he places on each other's being there. "Not directly asked, but a sub-text in the letter.
He wrote from all over the world and his mail is full of different topics because he had a very interesting world. Is that what his notes say? He' s giving you the feeling in his letter that these ladies are much more than just machinery to the man's contentment.
However, the correspondence and journal entry I was reading showed a completely different image. It is very rare in her epistles that one finds what we (wrongly) regard as a vectorian narrow angle of vision. She expresses great self-confidence in her deeds. There is, for example, a note she sent to Lord Lyons, the UK embassador to Paris in the latter part of the nineteenth centuary, about the great burial of Victor Hugo in Paris.
Your deeds to the minister are infamous for their honesty and straightforwardness. "of the third and never "I". It is sometimes a ding-dong fight between the two girls, and I would like to have the other side of the conversation that was never released, but probably does exist somewhere.
It had been educated at a glorious age - the latter regency and rule of George IV - when men waved or twitched their shout. I think, without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest of all correspondents. For example, his condolences to loved ones who have become bereaved are the best condolences ever made.
They also go to the core of the personal issue and are penniless. There is no such thing as a religion - there is no religion - but there is a kind of sexuality in the way he wrote to certain individuals, especially females. Woman in his books are watched very closely.
I think he is a much better author on men than they are. Anything he doesn't often bring into his novel finds its way into his deeds. Anything we don't find in James' books, it's always in James' deeds. Although he does not believe that this or that textbook is a writer's best work, he can find something to help the author if there has been a mistake in picking himself up and moving forward.
Even more than Byron. This is such an important correction to the general notion of James as a kind of clumsy, confusing, intentionally ambiguous author. It is a joy to read his correspondence to see someone at work building a person, building a self. There' s a kind of Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll kind of quaility about Waugh's universe in the deeds.
He is always looking for these ridiculous things in his deeds. He even often takes the ones he likes. Lettering Nancy Mitford or Diana Cooper - yes, they are very funny and they clatter terribly, but all the while you are aware of the moment when he snatches.
There' s nothing confused about the mail. He' never really written a really lousy line. This also applies to the mail. That is whether you believe that typing deeds is a custom we have losed. In so many cases, the opportunity to drop in. Even today we still continue to use condolences (although some condolences are sent out).
We dispatch mail to the public - we put our complaints out to tender. However, the concept of actually writing to someone has almost passed away. For 40 years I have had my own writing with my Italian sibling. I' m looking forward to read it when it is out!
Obviously, when we are writing our correspondence, there is only the slightest hunch - probably more with me than with him to do him credit - that these correspondence will be public. At the same peculiarities, however, they contain all kinds of personal quips and all kinds of reference to families that no one will know what to refer to.
Working on your mail is actually detective work. To find out what "x" is on this and that kind of writing on this earth - who they were, what the individual means by what the name is. In my opinion, another mental and manual processes takes place in the optical qualities of a post.
Your manuscript could become larger in a note, the spacing between the rows could become larger, there are strikethroughs, there are inaccuracies. It' still a physics thing. You can of course incinerate your mail. One of the most annoying things in my own home was when my grandma passed away, she had all my grandfather's deeds from the foxholes - he was murdered a few months before the end of the war - but when my uncle drained them from my grandmother's office, she burnt them on them and set them on fire.
But, in a wondrous way, so many thousand mail survives. I' ve kept all of my father's mail that my mom received during the outbreak of the Great Depression, and it's pretty good. Do you have any idea how you could read the e-mails of the next great author in 30 years? That is why some authors, such as Wendy Cope recently, have passed on their e-mails to a public librarian.
I have the hypothesis that blogs, often gathered in a book, are a substitute for posted news. However, I think the epistle as a physics phenomena is not condemned to failure. It can come a while when the whole wide electronic globe "pops", and we have to begin again with our own hand and with wooden carbon rods on the sheets and make paper afresh.
After all, I am very fond of email, I like sending email, but there is nothing like the fun of it.