We all love romance books. It triggers a strong emotion of love, sensuality, passion, even jealousy. Earlier, the couples used to communicate via love letters, each one waited for days to receive a reply. Now, we have messaging applications and the world is taken over by the social media wave! Still, who wouldn’t want the same old feeling?
Today we would like to share six love letters from books that will melt your heart away. From Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf, we have shared our favorite list of love letters that are surely going to pierce your heart and soul!
1. Letters to Vera by Vladimir Nabokov, edited and translated by Brian Boyd and Olga Voronina
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You will get to read the correspondence between Nabokov and his beloved wife, Vera. Nabokov loved his wife so much that he was lost of words while writing this love letter:
My tenderness, my happiness, what words can I write for you? How strange that although my life’s work is moving a pen over paper, I don’t know how to tell you how I love, how I desire you. Such agitation — and such divine peace: melting clouds immersed in the sunshine — mounds of happiness. And I am floating with you, in you, aflame and melting — and a whole life with you is like the movement of clouds, their airy, quiet falls, their lightness and smoothness, and the heavenly variety of outline and tint — my inexplicable love. I cannot express these cirrus-cumulus sensations.
2. The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf, edited by Louise De Salvo and Mitchell Leaska
Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf began a covert-ish relationship in the mid-1920s, and IMHO, the world is better for it because it inspired Woolf’s satirical, gender-bending novel, Orlando. You are definitely going to shed a tear by reading this love letter pulled from the Paris Review:
From Sackville-West to Woolf
Milan [posted in Trieste]
Thursday, January 21, 1926
I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. You, with all your un-dumb letters, would never write so elementary phrases as that; perhaps you wouldn’t even feel it. And yet I believe you’ll be sensible of a little gap. But you’d clothe it in so exquisite a phrase that it would lose a little of its reality. Whereas with me it is quite stark: I miss you even more than I could have believed, and I was prepared to miss you a good deal. So this letter is just really a squeal of pain. It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan’t make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this — But oh my dear, I can’t be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defenses. And I don’t really resent it …
Please forgive me for writing such a miserable letter.
3. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient is a story of an explorer in the Sahara Desert who fell in with another man’s wife, Katharine who suffers the burn injuries that renders him amnesic in an Italian hospital. When the English patient leaves to seek help, Katharine writes him a final goodbye as she withers away in the cold, echoing darkness. Watch the video below to check out the letter:
4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The ext one in the list of six love letters from books that will melt your heart away is the Penguin Classic by one of our favorite authors, Leo Tolstoy, Levin’s development into a happier, the less solipsistic guy is just as integral to the classic’s plot as Anna Karenina’s untimely demise. Levin takes another go at courting the object of his affection, Kitty in part IV, Chapter XIII.
They both sit down at a card table, then Kitty produces a stick of chalk, and they start a game of scribbling the first letter of every word in a sentence they wish to say.
Levin jots down: “W, y, a: i, c, n, b; d,y, t, o, n?”
Kitty responds: “T, I, c, n, a, o.”
Did ya get all that? Doesn’t matter because “everything had been said in that conversation. She had said that she loved him.”
5. A Literate Passion by Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller, edited by Gunther Stuhlmann
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Anaïs once wrote to Henry, “We are writers and make art of our struggle,” — that statement became truer than ever when Gunther Stuhlman published a compilation of their missives. Her’s one of the letters from Miller to Nin that got our attention:
I say this is a wild dream — but it is this dream I want to realize. Life and literature combined, love the dynamo, you with your chameleon’s soul giving me a thousand loves, being anchored always in no matter what storm, home wherever we are. In the mornings, continuing where we left off. Resurrection after resurrection. You asserting yourself, getting the rich varied life you desire; and the more you assert yourself the more you want me, need me. Your voice getting hoarser, deeper, your eyes blacker, your blood thicker, your body fuller. A voluptuous servility and tyrannical necessity. More cruel now than before — consciously, wilfully cruel. The insatiable delight of experience. HVM
6. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
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P.S. I Still Love You is one of our favorite choice of romance books filled with heartwarming love letters. Here’s one of our favorites that Lara Jean Covey wrote to Peter Kavinsky:
Sometimes I like you so much I can't stand it. It fills up inside me, all the way to the brim, and I feel like I could overflow. I like you so much I don't know what to do with it. My heart beats so fast when I know I'm going to see you again. And then, when you look at me the way you do, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world."
That’s it for the six love letters from books that will melt your heart away. Do share with us the ones you feel like we missed in the comments section below!