List of 47 Books Based on Letters

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Title Author Publishing Year Genre
84, Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff 1970 Epistolary novel, Biography
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates 2015 Biography, Autobiography
Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne John Keats 2009 Poetry, Classics, Nonfiction, Romance
Daddy-Long-Legs Jean Webster 1912 Novel, Epistolary novel, Young adult fiction
Dear Committee Members Julie Schumacher 2014 Novel, Epistolary novel, Satire, Humorous Fiction
Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom Leonard S. Marcus 1998 Biography
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche 2017 Nonfiction, Feminism, Womens, Parenting, Adult
Dear Mr. You Mary-Louise Parker 2015 Biography, Autobiography
Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent van Gogh Vincent van Gogh 1914 Biography
Letters: Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson 1894 Poetry, Nonfiction, Classics, History, Biography
Feeling Sorry for Celia Jaclyn Moriarty 2000 Novel, Fiction, Epistolary novel, Bildungsroman
Gilead Marilynne Robinson 2004 Historical Fiction, Religion, Literary Fiction, Novels, Literature, Classics
Griffin & Sabine Nick Bantock 1991 Novel, Epistolary novel, Romance novel, Fantasy Fiction, Adventure fiction, Toy book
I Love Dick Chris Kraus 1997 Psychological Fiction
In the Country of Last Things Paul Auster 1987 Dystopian Fiction
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters Jack Kerouac 2010 Biography, Autobiography
Jane Austen's Letters Jane Austen 1932 Nonfiction, Classics, Biography, History, Literature
Last Christmas in Paris Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb 2017 Novel, Romance novel, Historical Fiction, Epistolary novel, Coming-of-age story, Christmas Story
Kurt Vonnegut: Letters Kurt Vonnegut 2012 Nonfiction, Biography
Letters from a Stoic Seneca 2004 Philosophy, Nonfiction, Classics, History, Self Help
Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings Mark Twain 1962 Fiction
Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience Shaun Usher 2018 Biography, Reference work
Letters to a Young Artist Anna Deavere Smith 2006 Self-help book
Letters to a Young Contrarian Christopher Hitchens 2001 Nonfiction, Philosophy, Politics
Letters to a Young Poet Ranier Maria Rilke 1929
Love Letters to the Dead Ava Dellaira 2014 Novel, Fiction
P.S. I Hate It Here!: Kids' Letters from Camp Diane Falanga 2010 Humour
Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times Carolina De Robertis 2017 Biography
Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks Kate Klise 1998 Children's literature, Fiction
So Long a Letter Mariama Bâ 1979 Novel, Fiction, Epistolary novel
Steinbeck: A Life in Letters John Steinbeck 1975 Biography
Swimming Lessons Claire Fuller 2017 Novel, Mystery, Epistolary novel, Domestic Fiction
The Color Purple Alice Walker 1982 Novel, Epistolary novel, Domestic Fiction
The Fan Bob Randall 1977 Thriller, Epistolary novel, Psychological Fiction
Letters from Father Christmas J.R.R. Tolkien 1976 Children's literature, Fantasy Fiction
The Girl in the Box Ouida Sebestyen 1988 Fiction
The Groucho Letters Groucho Marx 1967 Biography
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows 2008 Novel, Epistolary novel, Historical Fiction
The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor Flannery O'Connor 1979 Biography
The John Lennon Letters John Lennon 2012 Music, Nonfiction, Biography, History, Biography Memoir
The Jolly Postman Allan and Janet Ahlberg 1986 Children's literature, Picture book, Fiction
The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien 1981 Biography
The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Vol. One, 1888-1912 Virginia Woolf 1975 Nonfiction, Biography, Classics, Womens
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky 1999 Novel, Young adult fiction, Epistolary novel, Bildungsroman
The Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis 1942 Novel, Fantasy Fiction, Satire, Epistolary novel, Religious Fiction
War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars Andrew Carroll 2001 Biography
We Need to Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver 2003 Novel, Fiction, Thriller, Epistolary novel

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