Monday, 5 November 2012
A selection of the confirmed letters
9th Century Chinese form apology for drunkenness
16th Century letter from widow to late-husband
Abraham Lincoln on abolishing slavery
Annie Oakley - "50 lady sharpshooters await"
Archibald Kerr, on "Mustapha Kunt"
BBC exec, rejection of Fawlty Towers pilot
Beethoven's "Heiligenstadt Testament"
Campbell Soup executive writes to Andy Warhol
Charles Bukowski on the censorship of his novels
Charles Darwin on Natural Selection
Charles Lamb on his unbearable man-flu
Charles Schulz to a fan, on axing, literally, a Peanuts character
Clyde Barrow to Henry Ford
Conan O'Brien turning down a Prom invitation
Denis Cox, a schoolboy, designs a rocket - with reply
Einstein writes to a young girl, on faith/science
Elvis’ letter to Nixon, hand-delivered to the White House
Frank Sinatra takes on a journalist - "You're a pimp"
Gandhi writes to Hitler
Galileo Galilei, on spotting the Galilean Moons
Iggy Pop writes to a troubled fan
Jack Kerouac asks Marlon Brando to make “On the Road”
Jack the Ripper - "From Hell"
Jackie Robinson to Eisenhower - "17 Million negroes"
James Cameron apologises to HR Giger
JFK's plea for a raise in pocket money, aged 10
John Kriscfalusi to a fan, on Ren & Stimpy/becoming an animator
John Steinbeck’s letter of advice to his son
Kurt Vonnegut to the Drake School Board, on book burning
Laura Huxley, on the recent death of Aldous Huxley, on LSD
Mark Twain’s angry letter to a snake-oil salesman
NASA director to a nun - “Why Explore Space?”
Ray Bradbury, on his love of robots
Richard Williams’s memo to staff, re: Roger Rabbit animation
Robert Pirosh, job application - "I like words"
Stephen Tvedten writes to the council on behalf of some beavers
Steve Martin’s fantastic “personal” form letter
Stieg Larsson writes to his partner, "to be opened in the event of my death"
Sigmund Freud to a worried mother, on her son’s homosexuality
Tim Schafer’s unique LucasArts covering letter
Titanic’s final telegrams
Virginia Woolf's last letter to her husband
Wil Wheaton responds to a fan, 21 years later