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Letters to Julia

This book is made up of just what the title says–and lots of them. The writers are chiefly Ann and Lady Frances and Kitty, though Mr. Parry’s script makes an appearance fairly frequently, at least at first, and a rather excitable neighborhood friend of Julia’s also chimes in. Clive seems to have avoided pens if at all possible (perhaps he was allergic to geese).

It spans from September 1805 until October 1809, and is about 325,000 words (or 594 pages, 10-pt font). It was originally much longer, but even I quailed at the thought of inflicting 500,000 plus words on my unsuspecting reader, and, taking as my model Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell  by Susanna Clarke (a recent fantasy novel that just happens to take place in the same time period of English history), I set my goal at 325k. I pretty much spent all of my vacation time in 2013 whacking away at letters and trying to frame a coherent narrative within the accepted word-count.LTJcoverborders


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