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Embracing Opportunities the Construction of the Personal Letter

in The Postal Age

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226327204
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226327228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226327228.003.0005
Embracing Opportunities the Construction of the Personal Letter

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This chapter considers the practice of personal letter-writing from the perspective of new users. As increasing number of people were able and inclined to send letters in the public post, they adjusted to shifting expectations of contact, formulated new models of correspondence, and wrestled with slippery notions of confidentiality. Taking a closer look at the epistolary texts of everyday life, the chapter examines the forms and conceptions of intimacy that grew up around the personal letter.

Keywords: letters; letter-writing; correspondence; confidentiality; personal letter

Chapter.  11327 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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