The Importance of the Written Word.

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March 31, 2013 by dontbringlulubook



Nowadays, with technology as advanced as it is, people taking the time to hand write a letter is often a rarity rather than a common occurrence.  In the days before the internet, when email was yet to be invented and texting was not even an option as the only telephones people used were the ones that took up residence in their houses, letter writing was the staple form for most operating businesses when it came to passing information from one department to the next and securing deals.  It was also a means of communicating with loved ones, especially when away at war or wanting to contact family members that lived a long distance away.

The sentiment behind the sending and receiving of a love letter is one that still holds magic to this very day. It speaks of someone taking the time to express their feelings by putting pen to paper, knowing the recipient will be reading the actual handwriting of the writer rather than an impersonal text or email that can somehow lack the depth of feeling.

On May 30th this year, letters written by Marilyn Monroe which reveal her thoughts of suicide, are going up for auction. The letters were written to her acting mentor, Lee Strasberg, in which she reveals she felt she was going “crazy” and that she wasn’t fulfilling her acting dreams. She writes “My will is weak but I can’t stand anything. I sound crazy but I think I’m going crazy. It’s just that I get before a camera and my concentration and everything and I’m trying to learn leaves me.  Then I feel like I’m not existing in the human race at all.” Something so personal, so revealing of her psyche at that particular time is, years later, as historical documents, expected to go for anywhere between £20,000 – £30,000.

There’s something just as personal that can be found in a person’s autobiography or biography such as “Don’t Bring Lulu”, a memoir written by Lulu’s father, mother and sister, Ron, Doris and Sarah Onions, people who knew her best and were closest to her, as they share with the reader how Lulu’s thyroid condition impacted their lives.

So in an age where words are reduced to letters and sentences shortened to text speak, it is so refreshing to be able to lose yourself in a book and become thoroughly absorbed in the written word.  After all, it’s been our most basic form of communication since time began.


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