To the Letter by Simon Garfield

In an age like ours, which is not given to letter writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people’s lives.  – Anatole Broyard


The book, To the Letter, gives a brief overview of the history of written correspondence.  Simon Garfield explains how the development of a postal service, within a nation, was a sign of prosperity and future success.

The book also has samples of letters written by famous individuals and letters written by average people during major historic events.

According to Simon Garfield:

  • There is an intrinsic integrity about letters that is lacking from other forms of written communication.
  • At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to by irreversible, “To the Letter” is a rallying cry to put pen to paper and create a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart.


3 thoughts on “To the Letter by Simon Garfield

  1. When I was a kid I had a Pen Pal in another country. Can’t remember where. I used to write lots of letters. After my parents passed away and I had to go through their things I found that they had saved every letter I wrote them for the four years I was in the U.S. Army. My heart was touched with the Love they had for me.

    Now a days Thanks to arthritis, carpel tunnel and lack of time to be running to the post office for stamps I never write letters and seldom cards not even Christmas cards. I prefer to do everything electronic. Easier on me physically. Since I don’t send out Holiday Greeting cards I try to call my older relatives who do not own a computer so we can keep in touch.

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  2. There really is something about a card or letter that is lost in electronic communications. My mom wrote me everyday that I was in the Air Force before I met my husband….that was 10 years of letters and I still have every one of them.

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