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.