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WELL!!!

All I have to say to YOU, Frank Doel, is we live in depraved, destructive, and degenerate times when a bookshop — a BOOKSHOP — starts tearing up beautiful old books to use as wrapping paper. I said to John Henry when he stepped out of it:

“Would you believe a thing like that Your Eminence?” and he said he wouldn’t. You tore that book up in the middle of a major battle and I don’t even know which war it was.

[…]

Why don’t you wrap [my order] up in pages LCXII and LCXIII so I can at least find out who won the battle and what war it was.

— Helene Hanff, letter to Frank Doel of Marks & Co., 15 October 1950. From 84 Charing Cross Road

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Written by [IMH]

22 March 2006 at 11:59 pm

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