Category Archives: epistolary (letter writing as a genre; letters as examples of good writing)

a great letter (from an elementary schooler)

    “Here is a letter written in 1992 by a ten-year-old girl to her parents. Countless girls write such letters from camp every summer. … We can make no claim of fame or masterpiece status for Elizabeth’s letter. This … Continue reading

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A Walt Whitman Letter; and, What Can Be Inferred from It about Letter Writing in General

    Camden [NJ] Friday noon, 26th Sept.     Dear son Pete,   Your letter of yesterday came this forenoon—that was a rather serious runaway of cars in the tunnel a week ago—& mighty lucky to get off as … Continue reading

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a beautiful letter

  The following letter is currently being exhibited in the Centro Federico García Lorca in Granada, Spain. The letter was written in 1931 by the famous Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) to Encarnación López (married … Continue reading

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a letter of recommendation

        My father wrote this recommendation for my good friend John Harris in October 1965. John was a 1963 graduate of Canton High School in Canton, Massachusetts. I feel that my father’s letter of recommendation demonstrates – … Continue reading

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