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There’s something truly magical about letter writing. Maybe it’s that each letter has a clear audience. Or that the medium tends to keep things concise. Or that you can read them in neat, bite-sized chunks.
Whatever it is, from the famous to the literary, from the personal to the shared, there’s little doubt that some of the wisest and wittiest words ever written have been delivered in handy, correspondence-shaped packages.
That’s why, in this list of book recommendations, I’ve collected the greatest letter books and epistolary novels ever written; a treasure trove of insights from the world’s very best writers distilled into missives to readers and friends.
Whether you’re here for enjoyment or inspiration or instruction; whether you’re a here as a writer or editor or just to read you’ll find the very best letters books pre-ranked and organised below.
I hope you enjoy them, I hope they inspire you and I hope you find what you’re looking for.
And until next time, read daily, read widely and read well,
Arthur “An Animal That Writes Letters” Worsley
The 30 Best Letters Books And Epistolary Novels Ever Written
Why these best letters books and not others? To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s proven timelessly relevant (first publication date).
This isn’t a whimsical list. It’s a data-driven, crowdsourced collection of the best letters books ever published as decided by book lovers just like you. (Note: To maximise diversity, I only include the top ranking book from any series in a list.)
And if you think something's missing? I LOVE book recommendations so if there are any other best letters books that you think deserve mentioning, email me and I’ll be sure to include them in the next round of updates.
Until then, enjoy this ultimate list of the 30 best letters books of all time...
Books 1-5: The Top 5 Best Letters Books of All Time
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