Rosemary Dinnage, 21 July 1994
Show More Intimate Letters: Leoš Janáček to Kamilá Stösslová edited and translated by John Tyrrell.
Faber, 397 pp., £25, January 1993, 0 571 14466 7Show More
Pirandello’s Love Letters to Marta Abba edited and translated by Benito Ortolani.
Princeton, 363 pp., £24.95, June 1994, 0 691 03499 0Show More
Significant Others: Creativity and Intimate Partnership edited by Whitney Chadwick and Isabelle de Courtivron.
Thames and Hudson, 256 pp., £14.95, June 1993, 9780500015667Show More
“... Reading the passionate letters of Janácek and Pirandello, two elderly men writing to two much younger women, one is led to wonder whether relationships quite like this would be possible today – even assuming the telephone did not exist and letters were still written. The Twenties were not so extremely long ago, not a period of fans and fainting fits and cabriolets ...”