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Three new books explore examples of the vanishing art of letter writing.

Letters to Juliet: Celebrating Shakespeare's Greatest Heroine, the Magical City of Verona, and the Power of Love (Stewart, Taboori & Chang) by Lise Friedman and Ceil Friedman, released in conjunction with the movie of the same name, gathers some of the thousands of letters sent to "Juliet, Verona" — and tells the story of volunteers who have been answering them for more than 70 years.

P.S. I Hate It Here: Kids' Letters From Camp (Abrams Image), edited by Diane Falanga, reproduces missives from happy and unhappy campers, with pleas for money, food and early returns home plus requests like "I was wondering if I could get a Mohawk at camp PLZ PLZ PLZ?"

Other People's Rejection Letters: Relationship Enders, Career Killers and 150 Other Letters You'll Be Glad You Didn't Receive (Potter), edited by Bill Shapiro, runs the gamut from texted kissoffs to a scathing note from Harry Truman to Joe McCarthy and the Museum of Modern Art's 1956 rejection of a piece by an unknown called Andy Warhol.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: Write it down 05/15/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 6:19pm]
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