The first-ever collection of the letters of John Lennon, a must-have for all fans of The Beatles.
A lifetime of letters, collected for the first time, from the legendary musician and songwriter.
John Lennon is one of the world's greatest-ever song writers, creator of 'Help!', 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', 'Imagine' and dozens more. Now, his letters have been collected and published, illuminating as never before the intimate side of a private genius.
Hunter Davies, author of the only authorised biography of The Beatles, has tracked down almost three hundred of John's letters and postcards - to relations, friends, fans, strangers, lovers and even to the laundry. Some of the letters are tender, informative, funny, angry and abusive, and some are simply heart-breaking. Many are illustrated with John's own drawings, doodles and jokes. Davies tells the story of each letter and together they form a compelling narrative, from Lennon's earliest surviving thank-you note, written when he was ten, to his last scribbled autograph given on 8 December 1980 - the day he was shot, aged forty.
About the Author
John Lennon was, as one of the Beatles and the composer of many of their greatest songs, one of the most famous people of the 20th century. He died aged forty in 1980. Hunter Davies, the editor of the letters, is the author of the only ever authorised biography of The Beatles, as well as the classic The Glory Game. He lives in London, NW5.
Sensitive and scrupulous ... the book is beautifully designed - VANITY FAIRThe triumph of these 300 or so letters is that they are not just about John and Mimi, or John and The Beatles, or John and Yoko. They are all of that, but, within the framework editor Hunter Davies has given them, they're about a time and place, and Lennon's role within it - INDEPENDENTWhile his public expression is that of a quick-change artiste, the private correspondence is constant. His handwriting is that of an intelligent being. He is often charming, which is maybe surprising. He evinces a generosity of spirit in letters to strangers. He is loyal to his often very odd relations and his ne'er-do-well father. His jocular punning and externally adolescent verbal extravagance are recurrent - EVENING STANDARD
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 8th October 2013
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 18.9 x 4.0
Weight (kg): 1.12
Edition Number: 1