Fifteen Eighty Four

Academic perspectives from Cambridge University Press


The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Frances B.


1. Open with a compliment.

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2. Own up to being late.

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3. Or blame your job (especially when writing to your parents).

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4. Tell them what’s new.

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5. Share reading recommendations.

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6. Offer honest advice.

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7. Show the love.

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8. Encourage a prompt reply.

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9. Remind them to stay in touch.

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10. Last but not least, mail the letter quickly!

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For more on Hemingway’s letters, visit The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Volume 2 (1923-1925).

About The Author

Frances B.

Frances is an associate publicity manager in Cambridge's New York office. Follow her @CambridgeUP_NY....

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