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    Other Epistolary Novels

    Jane Austen

    Lady Susan: A Novella

    A tongue-in-cheek account of the exploits of a depraved and stunningly beautiful widow.

    Honoré de Balzac
    Letters of Two Brides

    Two women who became friends during their education at a convent correspond over a 17 year period, exchanging letters describing their lives.

    Nick Bantock
    Griffin and Sabine

    A London card-designer and a mysterious South Pacific islander correspond through a series of handmade postcards and colorful envelopes.

    Matt Beaumont

    E-mails written between the employees of an advertising agency and some of their business partners reveal all kinds of human weaknesses in the office setting.

    Aphra Behn
    Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister

    In 17th century England, the naĂŻve Sylvia learns of her own sexuality and desires as she is seduced by her brother Philander in a series of letters.

    Elizabeth Berg
    The Pull of the Moon

    A Massachusetts woman’s mid-life crisis detailed in letters and journal entries as she impulsively travels west.

    Fanney Burney

    A comedic look at high society in late eighteenth-century Britain told through the letters of a young, innocent country girl as she learns the ways of her society through misunderstandings and embarrassing social errors.

    Meg Cabot
    The Boy Next Door

    Amusing e-mails recount the budding romance between New York City gossip columnist Melissa Fuller and her elderly neighbor’s nephew.

    Susan Dundon
    To My Ex-Husband

    An ex-wife writes letters to the man who had been both her husband and best friend, healing herself by the process.

    Mark Dunn
    Ella Minnow Pea

    When a totalitarian government bans the use of certain letters in the alphabet, islanders who live there still manage to communicate via the written word, often in highly creative, original ways.

    Chris Dyer

    The madcap adventures of a travel columnist posted to friends and family as she circles the globe.

    Stephanie Fletcher
    E-mail: A Love Story

    A married woman has an online love affair.

    David Grossman
    Be My Knife

    A love affair by letter between a rare book dealer and the mysterious woman he glimpses at a class reunion.

    Elizabeth Hailey
    A Woman of Independent Means

    The triumphs and tragedies of a woman who is independent in many ways, told in sixty years of the letters she writes.

    Helene Hanff
    84, Charing Cross Road

    Twenty years of correspondence and shared bibliophilia between the author and a London bookseller.

    Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos
    Les Liaisons Dangereuses

    In 18th Century France, two aristocratic rivals use sex as a weapon to humiliate and degrade others.

    C.S. Lewis
    The Screwtape Letters

    Instructional correspondence between a senior demon, Screwtape, and his diabolical nephew Wormwood.

    Luanne Rice and Joe Monninger
    The Letters

    An estranged husband and wife exchange searching, intimate letters that trace the history of their love affair.

    Samuel Richardson
    Pamela; Or, Virtue Rewarded

    A classic epistolary novel of seduction and romance first published in 1740, now considered the first modern English novel.

    Samuel Richardson

    The tragic story of a heroine whose quest for virtue is continually thwarted by her family.

    Elisabeth Robinson
    The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters

    A struggling scriptwriter writes to her younger sister who has been diagnosed with cancer, and to many friends, relatives and coworkers.

    Shelley, Mary

    A scientist learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful.

    Lionel Shriver
    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    In a series of brutally introspective missives to her husband, a mother tries to come to grips with the fact that their teenage son has killed seven students and two adults with his crossbow.

    Lee Smith
    The Christmas Letters

    Three generations of Pickett family Christmas letters (and recipes), beginning in 1944.

    Lee Smith
    Fair and Tender Ladies

    Ivy Rowe lives in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, and writes like a poet despite little formal education, spilling her joys and sorrows into decades of letters.

    Stoker, Bram

    Letters and diary entries recount the story of Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living.

    Alice Walker
    The Color Purple

    Letters between two sisters—one a missionary in Africa, the other a wife trapped in an abusive marriage.

    Hugh Walpole and J.B. Priestley
    Farthing Hall

    A succesful young artist writes to his old friend as he seeks out the woman who captured his heart in the theatre the previous night.

    Jean Webster
    Daddy Long Legs
    and Dear Enemy
    The adventures of an orphan named Judy Abbott, whose letters to her anonymous male benefactor trace her development as an independent thinker and writer.

    Jane Roberts Wood
    The Train to Estelline

    Letters home from a young woman who moves to west Texas to teach in 1911.

    List provided by the staff at the West University Branch Library of the Harris County Public Library in Texas.

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