Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter-Writing (Collected Works of Lewis Carroll)

Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter Writing Collected Works of Lewis Carroll This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery

  • Title: Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter-Writing (Collected Works of Lewis Carroll)
  • Author: Lewis Carroll
  • ISBN: 9780742622913
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Library Binding
  • This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

    One thought on “Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter-Writing (Collected Works of Lewis Carroll)”

    1. I purchased this little gem ages ago and promptly forgot it. Since I've recently become interested in the fine art of written correspondence, I was reminded of this book. Lewis Carroll was a prodigious letter writer. He kept a record of his correspondence numbering letters sent and received. His last entry was numbered 98,721! He also favored a shade of violet for his ink. The eight or nine wise words are practical steps to take in the letter writing process from introductions to posting. All ve [...]

    2. Short and clever and full of good solid advice and whimsical little details. Enough casual misogynistic asides that I wouldn't recommend it to my kid, who'd be even more annoyed by them than I was.

    3. A witty little essay. I particularly like this immortal advice:"A few more Rules may fitly be given here, for correspondence that has unfortunately become controversial."One is, don’t repeat yourself. When once you have said your say, fully and clearly, on a certain point, and have failed to convince your friend, drop that subject: to repeat your arguments, all over again, will simply lead to his doing the same; and so you will go on, like a Circulating Decimal. Did you ever know a Circulating [...]

    4. still a bit relevantTimes have changed. The letter is now electronic or a chat session. But the rules expressed to generate emotion and guide politeness still shine throgh Mr. carroll's prose. The element of surprise, the retelling of the friend's questions or concerns even when to get the stamp are all important points of communication. Read this one just for fun!!

    5. DelightfulDelightfuland truly useful. The tongue-in-cheek humor and practical advice in this short read can be of real help to someone wishing to improve their skill in the nearly lost art of letter writing. Highly recommended.

    6. A charming, if not sexist, essay on the art of letter writing, with some very good advice. Available on the Gutenberg Project site: gutenberg/files/38065/

    7. I rather liked Carroll's description of his correspondence journal. I think I may do something similar in Evernote.

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