Yours Ever
Author: Thomas Mallon
Publisher: Pantheon
Price: $33 (Hardcover)

In his 1984 examination A Book of One’s Own, American author Thomas Mallon tackled the diary, exploring the literary form’s prevalence and relevance to different kinds of writers. Now, in Yours Ever, Mallon shifts his magnifying glass to a dying literary art — letters. Divided into nine categories — absence, friendship, advice, complaint, love, spirit, confession, war and prison — the book surveys all kinds of written exchange, from love letters to suicide notes. Florence Nightingale, Winston Churchill and wife Clementine, and English author E.M. Forster are among those whose letters Mallon mines in this thorough, explorative collection.