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Chapter 23. Letter Perfect > Stamp of Approval - Pg. 263

Letter Perfect 263 · Letters as travelogue.People often write letters to record their experiences and share them with one or more friends. Novelist E.M. Forster, for instance, wrote a series of letters to his mother to document his first trip to India, the country that was to play such an important role in his future writings. Author! Author! E.M. Forester (1879­1970) is most famous for his novels A Passage to India , A Room with a View , and Howard's End. Forster's letters, published in 1980, "provided greater insight into the relationship between his life and art," one critic noted. (Nearly all his novels have been filmed in luscious if languid versions by the cinematic duo Merchant/Ivory.) · Letters as statements.Letters can also be sparked by a need to respond to a specific situation, public as well as private. Martin Luther King Jr., for example, wrote his famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail" to answer criticism from eight fellow clergymen. Perhaps you wrote a letter to a friend or colleague to explain your position on a key issue. · Letters as social cement.People also write letters because they want to make or maintain a connection with another person. When her big-game hunter husband brought her to Africa, Isak Dinesen sent letter after letter home to her family in Denmark to relieve her loneliness and