Zelda Sayre to F. Scott Fitzgerald

Zelda Sayre (1900-48) was born in montgomery, Alabama. Daughter of an Alabama High Court judge, Zelda was strikingly beautiful but wild, intelligent but unevenly educated. She married Scott Fitzgerald in 1920 and they had one daughter, Frances (known as Scottie), in 1921. After several years of high

Robert Peary to his wife, Jo

Robert Peary (1856-1920) was born in cresson, Pennsylvania. At 24, he joined the navy, which gave him leave of absence for Arctic exploration. He made his first expedition to Greenland in 1886 with his lifelong associate Matthew Henson; on his second expedition in 1891 he discovered Independence Fjo

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester to Elizabeth Barry

John wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647-80) was born in Ditchley, Oxforshire, the son of a Puritan mother and a Royalist father. After the Restoration of Charles II in 1660, Rochester was rewarded with a royal pension of £500 a year for his father’s loyalty to Charles I. From 1662 to 1664 he tra

Johann von Goethe to Charlotte von Stein

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) is regarded by many as a German literary genius. Brought up in Frankfurt-aam-Main, he studied law in Leipzig and Strassburg. In 1774 he wrote the popular Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (The Sorrows of Young Werther), which caused a sensation. From 1775 on he li

Ariwara no Narihira to the Imperial Princess

Ariwara no Narihira (823-880) was the fifth son of Prince Aho and a grandson of the emporer Heijo. He and his brothers, on their father’s advice, renounced their royal rank and became noblemen, Narihira owned estates near the former capital of Nara and held a succession of government offices.

Charlotte Bronte to Henry Nussey

This 1839 letters is Charlotte’s response to Nussey’s proposal of marriage, Henry Nussey was brother of her close friend Ellen Nussey. HAWORTH, March 5th, 1839 My Dear Sir Before answering your letter, I might have spent a long time in consideration of its subject; but as from the first moment o

Richard Steele letters to Mary Scurlock

August 12, 1708 Madam, I have your letter, wherein you let me know that the little dispute we have had is far from being a trouble to you; nevertheless, I assure you, any disturbance between us is the greatest affliction to me imaginable. You talk of the judgment of the world ; I shall never govern

1940s Love Letters

These Love Letters which surfaced just recently in December 2009 were found at the back of a UK bus in a bag The letters are addressed from anonymous ‘Xavier’ to a Miss Anna Paton, the bag contained the photos of the couple as along with the letters. Miss Anna, if still alive, would be i

Anton Chekhov Letter to Olga Knipper

September 1, 1902 Yalta My dear, my own, Once again I have had a strange letter from you. Once again you hurl all sorts of accusations at my head. Who has told you that I don’t want to go back to Moscow, that I have gone away for good and am not coming back this autumn? Didn’t I write to

George Bernard Shaw to Ellen Terry

Do you read these jogged scrawls, I wonder. I think of your poor eyes, and resolve to tear what I have written up: then I look out at the ghostly country and the beautiful night, and I cannot bring myself to read a miserable book…Yes, as you guess, Ellen, I am having a bad attack of you just a