84, Charing Cross Road

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This charming classic love story, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, at the time, a freelance writer living in New York Tow, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road. Through the ears, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a winsome, sentimental friendship based on their common love for books. Their elationship, captured so acutely in these letters, is one that has touched the hearts of thousands of readers around the world.
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Published September 1974 by Avon Books (first published 1970
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84, Charing Cross Road
Number of Pages
97

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gave it

I laughed a lot harder this time, and even got a little choked up near the beginnin.

Re-reading this little treasury of collected letters made me think perhaps we 've lost more than just an outdated form of contact.

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The epistolary meanderings of Helene Hanff and Frank Dole are insightful, playful in their coyness, and progressive in their development.

Yet the prose in the letters are n't quite as dry as might be feared.

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Strangers connecting over their mutual love of books.

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Helene Hanff is an American writer desperate to fill her reading dreams with editions of books she has trouble finding in the US.

Letters and conversation about books- the beauty of them, the written ords, the jokes- this is a book lover 's dream.

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Responding to an advertisement in a eriodical, she wrote to Marks& Co., and began her two decades-long epistolary relationship with Doel.Her chatty, witty and often teasing letters requesting books and Frank ’ s more conservative, straightlaced missives form the backbone of the work.

As their long-distance, customer-bookseller relationship evolves, Hanff occasionally writes to other store employees, as well as Doel ’ s married, the couple ’ s sisters and the family ’ s elderly neighbour.

The essay also touches on their differing cultures, Hanff ’ s writing characterized by frank forthrightness, Doel ’ s, although no less friendly, by a certain civility and politeness.Their correspondence isn ’ t just about books, although there are some fun, illuminating passages about Chaucer, Samuel Pepys, Jane Austen, John Donne and Laurence Sterne.

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The lost art of letter writing, but amazing how much we can tell of the friendship between the author in New York and a bookstore in London.

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