84 Charing Cross Road

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This editions contains both 84 Charling Cross Road& amp; The Duk of Bloomsbury Street

84, Charing Cross Road is a charming record of bibliophilia, cultural difference, and imaginative sympathy. For 20 years, an outspoken New York riter and a rather more restrained London bookseller carried on an increasingly touching correspondence.

In her first letter to Marks& amp; Co., Helene Hanff encloses a wish list, but warns, " The phrase 'antiquarian booksellers' scares me somewhat, as I equate 'antique' with expensive. " wenty days later, on October 25, 1949, a correspondent identified only as FPD let Hanff know that works by Hazlitt and Robert Louis Stevenson would be coming under separate cover.

When they arrive, Hanff is ecstatic -- but unsure she 'll ever conquer " bilingual arithmetic. " By early December 1949, Hanff is suddenly worried that the six-pound ham she 's sent off to augment British rations will arrive in a kosher office. But only when FPD turns out to have an actual name, Frank Doel, does the real fun begin.

Two weeks later, Hanff is outraged that Marks& amp; Co. has dared to send an abridged Pepys diary. " i enclose two limp singles, i will make do with this thing till you find me a real Pepys. THEN i will rip up this ersatz book, page by page, AND WRAP THINGS IN IT. " Nonetheless, her postscript asks whether they want fresh or powdered eggs for Christmas. Soon they 're sharing news of Frank 's family and Hanff 's career. No doubt their letters would have continued, but in 1969, the firm 's secretary informed her that Frank Doel had died. In the collection 's penultimate entry, Helene Hanff urges a tourist friend, " If you happen to pass by 84, Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me. I owe it so much.
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Published May 1st 2008 by Virago Press LTD (first published 1976
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232

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To have bought this in a second hand bookshop with the bookseller saying that I would definitely love this and I should watch the film after is rather telling.

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It is a charming, classic memoir of friendship and bibliophilia, twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, an American author in New York, and Marks& Co. antiquarian booksellers in Charing Cross Road, London where Frank Doel became her main correspondent.

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With the letter was a list of books that she had been willing to source in New York, saying that she would be unable to pay up to$ 5 each for them.The manager of the hop, Frank Doel, dealt with her order sending her some of the book on her list, and formally replying to her letter.

Being American she was not used to the formality either, asking, I hope ‘ madam ’ doesn ’ t mean over there what it means over here ... After World War II when Britain was still in the grip of austerity and rationing, and having heard about this she generously sent the staff of Marks& Co a hamper, which included a large ham.

Slowly the formality was dropped, and Franke would address her as Helene; other members of staff would write to her, and even his wife, Nora.Sadly she was not intended to visit Marks& Co and see the sights of London whilst the letters were winging their way back and forwards over the Ocea, and at the beginnin of the Sixties she received news that Doel had passed away.

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The two begin to exchange letters that continue for years, until the untimely death of Kevin.

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One of my favourite haunts in London is Charing Cross Road.

Long before the American writer Helene Hanff immortalised the street in 84 Charing Cross Road, the area enjoyed a storied association with the tow ’ s literary scene and its accompanying book trade.

In its 1950s heyday, denizens of the nearby drinking dens of Soho, from Dylan Thomas to Auberon Waugh, would stagger from shop to shop, scanning the heaving shelves.One of those shops was Marks& Co., the matte of this review, a well-known antiquarian bookseller located at Cambridge Circus- 84 Charing Cross Road, London.

On ct 5, 1949, a Miss Helene Hanff, from New York ity, USA saw their ad in the Saturday Review of Literature.

I am a poor writer with an antiquarian taste in books and all the guys I want are impossible to get over here except in very expensive rare editions, or in Barnes& Noble 's grimy, marked-up school-boy copies.I enclose a list of my most pressing problems.

For 20 years Helene maintains correspondence with Marks& Co., and particulalry with Frank.

Every an, woman and child was given a ration book with coupons.

As shortages increased, long queues became commonplace.For many years, until the beginnin of food rationing, Helene sent the employees of Marks& Co. food parcels.

I do wonder if I am a reincarnate of sorts.- Me ( taken Oct 2014) and Helene- a similarity, do n't you think? [ As an aside, there is an enchanting exchange of letters between Helene Hanff and a fan that is refreshing to read, and demonstrates the type of gir that Helene was.

Marks& Co. have long gone, and 84 Charing Cross Road has been many things since; a wine shop, a cafe, to name but a few.

There is also a plaque in the US, at Charing Cross House, 305 East 72nd Street, New York, where Helene Hanff once lived.- Plaques in the UK and USThis afternoon I read the eviews of this essa by GR friends.

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I first read 84 Charing Cross Road and its prequel, The Dowage of Bloomsbury, some years ago.

84 Charing Cross Road, as man are probably aware of by now, is a volume of correspondence written between New York resident Helene Hanff and Marks& Co., antiquarian booksellers ( now, alas, closed) on Charing Cross Road, London.

The letters span a twenty year period, which is incredible in itself if one thinks about it.The Duchess of Bloomsbury is written in diary format, and closely follows the daily write-up of what Hanff did whilst in London on a book tour to celebrate the success ( and British publication) of 84 Charing Cross Road.

The uchess of Bloomsbury is a beautiful piece of travel literature, and a wonderful sequel.It must be said ( and probably goes without saying, if you are at all familiar with her character) that I adore how sassy Hanff is, and how wonderfully creative her responses are.

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