New Series: Letters to Dead Authors

March 23, 2016 — 8 Comments


I am very excited to announce a new blog series: LETTERS TO DEAD AUTHORS

It will be a weekly(ish) series in which today’s writers compose Letters – homages, lamentations, arguments, thank-yous, etc. – to Dead Authors.

This new series is inspired by Andrew Lang’s 1866 book (photographed above and below) that I found in my campus library, and is in celebration of my forthcoming book that includes letters to the dead author, Božena Němcová. (The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová is forthcoming from Rose Metal Press in fall 2016.)

The first letter will come from MICHAEL MARTONE and will post this weekend.


In this 1866 letter to the already dead W. M. Thackeray, Andrew Lang writes of all the things that stand in the way of writing to living authors – such as being accused of being a “parasite” or of “vex[ing] a rival”- and makes the case for the freedom he feels in writing letters to dead authors:



8 responses to New Series: Letters to Dead Authors


    What a lovely applause to honour the dead writers, that made an impact on us. I might copy the idea. Also very well argued in the text cited, in the photo.


    I love this idea! I’ll be reading with interest.


    Hey there, first of all thank you so much for this post and honestly I was searching for the same information from last few days. Keep posting and keep sharing.

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