Vladimir Nabokov’s note card, c. 1969.
Henry James, letter to Dr. James Jackson Putnam, 4 January 1912
I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.
A Christmas Carol (introduction); Charles Dickens
Manuscript Page from “Great Expectations” 12 Oct 1864 Charles Dickens
Christmas Card from Ernest Hemingway to his Mother, With Handwritten Greeting, Signed “Ernie.”
Ludwig van Beethoven - The “Immortal Beloved” Letters (1812)
These are Beethoven’s 5-part unsent love letters written in pencil to a woman, his “Immortal Beloved”, whose identity remains unknown, found in his estate by his friend Anton Schindler after his death.
Angel, I have just heard that the mail coach goes every day – and thus I must finish so that you may receive the letter immediately. – be patient – only through quiet contemplation of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together – Be calm; for only by calmly considering our lives can we achieve our purpose of living together.- be calm - love me - today - yesterday - What yearning with tears for you - you - you my life – my everything - farewell - oh continue to love me - never misjudge the most faithful heart of your Beloved
“I love June Carter, I do. Yes I do. I love June Carter I do. And she loves me. But now she’s an angel and I’m not. Now she’s an angel and I’m not.”
“Truffaut searches for a title for his first feature film” (in “François Truffaut at Work” by Carole Le Berre, New York: Phaidon, 2005)