Eleanor Bass

Yours Always

Love letters are potent. They breathe. They speak. They can arouse, comfort, captivate. They can also cut deep. 

The powerful, deeply personal letters collected here reveal the painful underside of love. Witness Winston Churchill 'growl with anger to be treated with benevolent indifference' and Edith Piaf reel in the throes of a 'terrible' passion.

Through the letters of literary icons Charlotte Brontë, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf, Hollywood stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and statesmen Henry VIII and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Yours Always offers an unusually intimate insight into the lives of such illustrious figures.

Love is revealed here in its many shades of disharmony and confusion: unrequited, uncertain, imbalanced, unconventional, thwarted, failed and forbidden. Love is not always rose-tinted, and Yours Always illuminates the sorrows that can accompany falling in, falling out, and staying in love.

Includes letter to and from: Charlotte Brontë, Richard Burton, Lord Byron, Winston Churchill, Marie Curie, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Henry VIII, Ted Hughes, Graham Greene, Franz Kafka, Marilyn Monroe, Iris Murdoch, Edith Piaf, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Elizabeth Taylor, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, W.B. Yeats
175 printed pages
Original publication


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    Shari Rajihas quotedlast month
    But what can I do? It is a stupid world & I am a fool in it.
    Stefan Concepthas quotedlast month
    As expressed in one of her best-known songs, ‘La Vie en Rose’, Piaf was a woman in the thrall of love, a captive to its transforming power:

    Hold me close and hold me fast

    The magic spell you cast

    This is la vie en rose

    When you press me to your heart

    I’m in a world apart

    A world where roses bloom
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 months ago
    oldest surviving love letters in the English language, those exchanged between John Paston and Margery Brews in 1476–77.

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