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The John Lennon Letters by John Lennon

The John Lennon Letters
The John Lennon Letters
John Lennon
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Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
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A lifetime of letters, collected for the first time, from the legendary musician and songwriter. John Lennon was one of the greatest songwriters the world has ever known, creator of "Help!", "Come Together", "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Imagine", and dozens more. But it was in his correspondences that he let his personality and poetry flow unguarded. Now, gathered for the first time in book form, are his letters to family, friends, strangers, and lovers from every point in his life. Funny, informative, wise, poetic, and sometimes heartbreaking, his letters illuminate a never-before-seen intimate side of the private genius.This groundbreaking collection of almost 300 letters and postcards has been edited and annotated by Hunter Davies, whose authorized biography The Beatles (1968) was published to great acclaim. With unparalleled knowledge of Lennon and his contemporaries, Davies reads between the lines of the artist's words, contextualizing them in Lennon's life and using them to reveal the man himself.
  • Goldfury
The first thing you will notice is how beautifully this book is designed. Great thought was put into the paper which has a wonderful thick and rich feel, to the tones of the overall color scheme(white and ivories) to the actual letterpress look of the typography, it's a package that had careful attention paid to it. The actual book is revelatory in that it actually gives the innermost thoughts of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. John was honest and was never afraid to say what he was feeling at the time, those feelings changed and shifted as he moved through the events of his life. The letters are funny, cruel, witty, romantic, bitter, loving, happy, sad, nasty, contrite and brutal. They are also peppered with his simple yet beautiful Thurberesque drawings and doodles. Admittedly I am an unabashed Lennon fan, this collection is a gift, allowing a glimpse into this complicated artist and icon's thoughts, but more importantly his humanity.
  • Dilkree
WOW. Another birthday present from Yoko, via Hunter Davies. John's handwritten letters, reproduced with his little cartoons and all, transcribed with plenty of context. Something old, but which is new for all of John's many fans worldwide. All you need is this book as you remember John on his birthday October 9th. Don't hesitate - this is beautiful (and essential for collectors).
  • Jorad
This is one of my favorite Beatles-related books. I've seen a couple of people criticize this book, saying that John would have viewed it as "invasive," however, I could not disagree more. As much as John truly did want to be a "normal" person, the thing that was most important to him was that he was viewed as a creator of art. If he could have looked into the future to discover that his letters -- of all things -- would be this closely analyzed, he would've been quite pleased. While I am surprised that Yoko approved this sort of project, I have to say that I'm glad she did.
Additionally, this book is extremely aesthetically pleasing -- while I was a little bit nervous about the white dust jacket, it seems to repel most dirt. Everything is beautifully laid out, and the pages are made of nice, sturdy paper.
  • Iraraeal
This book is a treasure trove of showing Joh's thoughts and creative actions and reactions to the life that was going on around him. As I'm also very big on In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works, this volume of letters starting from his youth up till the end share the singular and creative nature of these two masterworks. (Skywriting By Word Of Mouth doesn't succeed in scaling the heights of his earlier two books, but there still a number of fine pages in this third volume of his writings that still make the book worthwhile.) As you'd expect, the large array of letters show him in all the various modes of being that John possessed, including passion, humour, whimsy, non sequitur, caring, anger, inventive syntax etc. And special mention must be given to Hunter Davies, whose design and painstaking work to collect and present a lifetime of letters is a great homage to John. This is one of the coolest offerings from the vast sea of Beatles books. Highly recommended!
  • LoboThommy
This collection of writings from John to various people in his life provides a great balance to things I've read about him. A huge John Lennon fan from day 1, it's a little disheartening to read all the hard things about him. This shows a softer side. He was connected to his family and to most of the other Beatles after the break up.
From reading some of these postcards, notes and letters, I truly believe he would have truly reconciled with Julian and perhaps reached at least a neutral truce with Cynthia.
Great book!
  • Musical Aura Island
Love it! Love it! Love it! Only down-side is it hits you right in the heart what a terrible loss his death is to the world.
  • saafari
This book is a great buy for any Lennon fan. The book offers photos, drawings and translates his handwriting as well. I was a young boy when he was killed and still remember that day.Reading through the letters the first thing that went through my mind was " Wow , he WAS a real person not just someone on the radio". It's like having him there with you as you read through it. I loved it the moment I opened it. Excellent work ..well done!!