Editorial: Yours sincerely

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31st January, 2013
Even in an age of instant messaging, the letter still has a firm grip on the human imagination. Enclosed in an envelope sealed by the sender’s hand, it achieves an intimacy that its modern electronic equivalents can never aspire to. The phrase “love email” doesn’t exist because the disjunction between medium and message makes it a contradiction in terms. By contrast, Katherine Mansfield’s famous 1917 letter to John Middleton Murry, left between the pages of his journal, has a sensuous, tactile quality: “I long to write to you tonight,” it ran, as she rhapsodised about “your ...

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