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Partout où il n’y aura rien, lisez que je vous aime: Denis Diderot

IV Paris, le 10 juillet. J’écris sans voir. Je suis venu ; je voulais vous baiser la main et m’en retourner. Je m’en retournerai sans cette récompense ; mais ne serai-je pas assez récompensé si je vous ai montré combien je vous aime ? Il est neuf heures, je vous écris que je vous aime. Je veux du … Continue reading

All love letters are Ridiculous: Fernando Pessoa

All love letters are Ridiculous. They wouldn’t be love letters if they weren’t Ridiculous. In my time I also wrote love letters Equally, inevitably Ridiculous. Love letters, if there’s love, Must be Ridiculous. But in fact Only those who’ve never written Love letters Are Ridiculous. If only I could go back To when I wrote … Continue reading

Ripenso il tuo sorriso: Eugenio Montale / Boris Kniaseff

“Ripenso il tuo sorriso, ed è per me un’acqua limpida scorta per avventura tra le petraie d’un greto, esiguo specchio in cui guardi un’ellera i suoi corimbi; e su tutto l’abbraccio di un bianco cielo quieto. Codesto è il mio ricordo; non saprei dire, o lontano, se dal tuo volto si esprime libera un’anima ingenua, … Continue reading

Frida Kahlo : An Intimate Self Portrait / Love letters

“Understanding the glances of our closed eyes. You are here, intangible and you are all the universe which I shape into the space of my room. Your absence springs trembling in the ticking of the clock, in the pulse of light; you breathe through the mirror. From you to my hands, I caress your entire … Continue reading

Secret Lucian Freud ‘love letters’

Letters to Véra – Vladimir Nabokov

He wrote her: “Yes, I need you, my fairy-tale. Because you are the only person I can talk with about the shade of a cloud, about the song of a thought — and about how, when I went out to work today and looked a tall sunflower in the face, it smiled at me with … Continue reading

The Love Letters of Victor Hugo to Adele Foucher

1820 Saturday Evening, January, 1820. A few words from you, my beloved Adèle, have again changed my state of mind. Yes, you can do anything with me; and to-morrow, were I even dead, the sweet tones of your voice, the tender pressure of your lips, would call me back to life again. How differently I shall feel as … Continue reading

The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

The Invisible Woman She is the shadowy figure in Dickens’s life, the woman who shared the last thirteen years before his early death. His biographers tried to erase her, their letters to each other were burned, but still the story of Charles Dickens and Ellen Ternan could not be obliterated from history. Ellen Lawless Ternan … Continue reading

Letters to Milena Jesenská : Franz Kafka – Love letters

Meran, May 1920 Dear Frau Milena (yes, this heading is becoming burdensome, although it is something to cling to in this uncertain world, like a crutch for sick people; but it’s no sign of recovery when the crutches grow to be a burden), I have never lived among Germans. German is my mother tongue and … Continue reading

Letters to Lou Andreas Salome – Rainer Maria Rilke

“I think of you at any time of the day and my worried thoughts accompany all your steps. The slightest breathe on your forehead is a kiss from my lips and each dream speaks to you with my voice. My love is like a coat wrapped around you to protect and warm you up.” Rilke … Continue reading

Two English Poems to a woman- Jorge Luis Borges

“I inscribe this book to I.J.: English, innumerable and an Angel. Also: I offer her that kernel of myself that I have saved, somehow – the central heart that deals not in words, traffics not with dreams and is untouched by time, by joy, by adversities” TWO ENGLISH POEMS Por Jorge Luis Borges (1934) I. The … Continue reading

Tonight everything hurts… Anaïs Nin – Henry Miller / Georgia O’Keeffe

[Henry:] “ Tonight everything hurts, not only the separation, but this terrible hunger of body and mind for you which every day you are increasing, stirring more and more. I don’t know what I am writing. Feel me holding you as I have never held you before, more deeply, more sadly, more desperately, more passionately.” September … Continue reading

Life with Gustav Mahler

Life with Gustav Mahler (1901 – 1911) On 7 November 1901, at the house of her friend Berta Zuckerkandl, Alma met celebrated conductor Gustav Mahler who, as Director of the Vienna Court Opera, held one of the most powerful positions in the world of music. Alma Schindler, 1900 Gustav Mahler en route to the Vienna … Continue reading

Gustav Mahler and Natalie Bauer-Lechner

Though musicologists who specialize in Gustav Mahler have long taken the memoirs of his wife, Alma, with a grain of salt, most of them have accepted her portrait of him as a fairly chaste ascetic who had few romances before he met her. Now, two scholars say a recently discovered letter from a Mahler confidante — and … Continue reading

Suleiman the Magnificient and Roxelane (Hürrem)

Under his pen name, Muhibbi, Sultan Suleiman composed this poem for Hürrem Sultan: “Throne of my lonely niche, my wealth, my love, my moonlight. My most sincere friend, my confidant, my very existence, my Sultan, my one and only love. The most beautiful among the beautiful… My springtime, my merry faced love, my daytime, my … Continue reading

Diary of a seducer – Soren Kierkegaard

Sua pasion’ predominante é la giovin principiante. [This predominant passion is the youthful beginnal.] Don Giovanni aria n° 4. “The sixteenth How beautiful it is to be in love; how interesting it is to know that one is in love. This, you see, is the difference. I can become furious at the rought that she … Continue reading

Tina Modotti by Edward Weston

One night after – all day I have been intoxicated with the memory of last night and overwhelmed with the beauty and madness of it – I need but to close my eyes and find myself not once more but still near you in that beloved darkness – with the flavor of wine yet on … Continue reading

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