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Instead of a Letter : A Memoir (Paperback)

Author: Athill, Diana

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Considered a Mastepiece of the "Modern" Memoir upon publication in 1962, instead of a letter marks the beginning of diana athill's Brilliant Literary Career.

Evoking perfectly the picturesque country setting of her youth and her struggles with the comforts and inherited tastes of British gentility, Diana Athill tells of being catapulted at only Fifteen, into a passionate romance with "Pauf," a spirited Oxford undergraduate and a member of the RAF Just as life seems to culminate in her fairy-tale dreams, Paul breaks off the engagement, marries someone else, and---worst of all---dies overseas before she can confront or forgive him. A classic work, Instead of a Letter endures as a bold examination of love, womanhood, and self discovery.

"The reader sees the transformation of the battered soul into a buoyant woman, open-minded and open hearted---Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall

"A moving and evocative enterprise crowned in triumph the story of a tragic love affair, of the slow recovery of confidence the rediscovery of life's value and richness until she is able to fall in love again. A beautifully written and honest book."---The Guardian


Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9780393338577
SKU 212507878
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0393338576
Release Date 6/7/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0237
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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