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Other People's Mail an Anthology of Letter Stories

by Gail Pool

  • ISBN: 9780826212467
  • ISBN10: 0826212468

Other People's Mail an Anthology of Letter Stories

by Gail Pool

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr
  • Publish date: 01/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780826212467
  • ISBN10: 0826212468
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Description: In this age of electronic correspondence -- e-mail and the worldwide web -- letter writing is steadily becoming a lost art. Yet as much as the art and craft of letter writing have declined in this century, letter stories have thrived. Cast as love letters and Dear John letters, as thank-you notes and suicide notes, as memos, letters to the editor, and exchanges with the United States Post Office, examples of epistolary fiction have been published by the hundreds, among them the work of many of our most notable authors. Why has this form of fiction writing remained so popular? As Gail Pool answers, "Who, after all, is immune to the seduction of reading other people's mail?"

Although epistolary fiction enjoyed its greatest popularity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a time when letters were central to daily life, this style of writing has a decidedly postmodern air. Letter stories are about communication, and they are effective in framing our modern concerns: the struggle to find meaningful stories, relationships, and lives amid the social and moral disarray of the era and the blurred boundaries between fact and fiction, artist and audience, private and public domains. These are the themes of our time, and the themes of the stories in Other People's Mail.

Offering seventeen stories written by a culturally diverse group of authors, Other People's Mail represents what letter tales, at their best, can do. They may be written from the Canadian wilderness, a private school in Geneva, a concentration camp, or beyond the grave. They may be comic or satirical, poignant or tragic, but all are united in their distinctive format.

The first collection of its kind, Other People's Mailis a truly unique and important anthology. Pool's highly informative introduction explores the nature of letter fiction, and her individual prefaces to each story provide background information on both the author and the tale. A list of additional letter stories rounds out the anthology. Instructors in search of a fresh approach to stories and readers looking for an anthology with a lively theme will enjoy this collection.

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