Love Letters of Great Men | Books | Love letters, Books, Romantic poemsThere is something poignant in the news that publisher Macmillan has hastily assembled an anthology called Love Letters of Great Men to match the fictional volume of that name that is Carrie Bradshaw's bedtime reading in the recent film of Sex and the City. Apparently there were thousands of inquiries from would-be purchasers. Now they will be able to get something approximating it. In the film, Carrie reads out extracts from this volume to Mr Big, apparently in order to egg him on to an effort at romantic expressiveness. They are the love letters of "great men" rather than just great love letters presumably to show him that "big" men can do the passion thing. Beethoven's love letters, which feature in the film, were addressed to a nameless "immortal beloved", and were never sent.
"Sex And The City" Book Doesn't Exist
There is scene in the film Sex and the City that has sent its mostly female fans crowding into bookshops, only to emerge empty-handed. But the trouble with the movie of Sex and the City is that so much of it is fake. For instance, the quotations that Carrie read out were real but the tome itself did not exist, much to the exasperation of booksellers inundated by hundreds of would-be customers wanting copies. In it, you can dip into letters from the poet John Keats, who died young and did not always get on well with women. In fact, he once complained in a letter to a male friend: "When I am among women I have evil thoughts, malice, spleen — I cannot speak or be silent — I am full of suspicions and therefore listen to nothing — I am in a hurry to be gone. Many years after Keats was dead, The Times carried a bald, uninteresting obituary of a year-old woman, Mrs Fanny Lindon. You cannot blame the obituary writer for not knowing who Mrs Lindon was, because she had kept the secret even from her husband.
The world just gets curioser and curioser :)
Of course, I did first know about it in Sex and the City!!! And like millions of other women, I loved it, sighed with Carrie, searched for the book online and was disappointed to learn it was a fictitious invention of the show. Before many of you are wondering what on earth I am yapping about… Let me start properly by Wishing you a very Happy New Year. And I can assure you that is so far from the truth, I find Mills and Boons books boring, sometimes irritating. Also infinitely more romantic than the loud gestures of love are often the quiet ones.