This study calls into question the common notion that letters are a 'romantic', personal, and ultimately feminine form of writing.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Public Letter, or 'La Lettre
1. History and the fiction of letters
2. Letters or letters
politics, interception and spy fiction
3. Helen Maria Williams and the letters of
4. Mary Wollstonecraft and the business of
5. Jane Austen and the look of letters
6. The letters of Frankenstein
Conclusion: the death of the letter-fiction,
the Post Office and 'The English Mail Coach'
List of works cited.