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The Book of Letters: 150 Years of Private Canadian Correspondence Paperback – Oct 19 2004


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (Oct. 19 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077103556X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771035562
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #713,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Letters are history on the fly, captured, often unwittingly, by unselfconscious witnesses and brought gloriously to life. The Book of Letters is a little treasure box of Canadian history… it is the voice of the past, ringing clear and fine across the years.”
Globe and Mail (selected by the Globe as one of 2002’s 100 best books)

“Plenty to admire, inform, surprise, amuse, and keep the pages turning.”
Edmonton Journal

“[A] treasure trove of Canadian letters carefully selected from personal collections, archives and museums, some of them dating back to the days before Confederation.… Collectively they form an archaeological dig of sorts that paints a wonderful and revealing portrait of who we are as Canadians.… A most acceptable form of eavesdropping.”
Toronto Sun

“Audrey and Paul Grescoe are turning a great idea into books of letters about war, love, and, among other things, exploding cows.…The hardships experienced by early pioneers, the bravery of soldiers in wartime, the FLQ crisis, witticisms from the country's cultural icons – all are represented here.”
Vancouver Sun

“[A] pleasurable entry into a treasure trove of beguiling incidents, portentous events and unfamiliar landscapes.”
Hamilton Spectator

“These letters, even though they are all by Canadians and about Canadians, have a universality of appeal, because there is no human condition that is not touched in them in one way or another.… [The Book of Letters] has so carefully and tastefully … represented virtually all of them, from the extremes of happiness to the extremes of despair.”
–John Bentley Mays, The Arts Tonight, CBC Radio

“I’m grateful to Paul and Audrey Grescoe for having done us all an enormous favour by gathering this intriguing collection of private correspondence, for nothing matches a letter in its ability to seize a moment in time.”
Toronto Star


“A broad and absorbing collection.”
Quill & Quire


From the Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

“Letters are history on the fly, captured, often unwittingly, by unselfconscious witnesses and brought gloriously to life. The Book of Letters is a little treasure box of Canadian history… it is the voice of the past, ringing clear and fine across the years.”
Globe and Mail (selected by the Globe as one of 2002’s 100 best books)

“Plenty to admire, inform, surprise, amuse, and keep the pages turning.”
Edmonton Journal

“[A] treasure trove of Canadian letters carefully selected from personal collections, archives and museums, some of them dating back to the days before Confederation.… Collectively they form an archaeological dig of sorts that paints a wonderful and revealing portrait of who we are as Canadians.… A most acceptable form of eavesdropping.”
Toronto Sun

“Audrey and Paul Grescoe are turning a great idea into books of letters about war, love, and, among other things, exploding cows.…The hardships experienced by early pioneers, the bravery of soldiers in wartime, the FLQ crisis, witticisms from the country's cultural icons – all are represented here.”
Vancouver Sun

“[A] pleasurable entry into a treasure trove of beguiling incidents, portentous events and unfamiliar landscapes.”
Hamilton Spectator

“These letters, even though they are all by Canadians and about Canadians, have a universality of appeal, because there is no human condition that is not touched in them in one way or another.… [The Book of Letters] has so carefully and tastefully … represented virtually all of them, from the extremes of happiness to the extremes of despair.”
–John Bentley Mays, The Arts Tonight, CBC Radio

“I’m grateful to Paul and Audrey Grescoe for having done us all an enormous favour by gathering this intriguing collection of private correspondence, for nothing matches a letter in its ability to seize a moment in time.”
Toronto Star


“A broad and absorbing collection.”
Quill & Quire


From the Hardcover edition.

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