In today’s world of texting, phone calls and Facebook, we have forgotten how romantic love letters can be. A love letter is the simplest yet one of the most heart-warming way to tell someone how much you love them. Here is a list of 10 beautiful and romantic love letters written by famous authors to give you some inspiration to start writing your own letter.
1. Abigail Adams to John Adams
John Adams was a Founding Father who became the second President of The United States of America. His wife Abigail Adams wrote a love letter to him back in 1782 telling him how much she adored him.
“...should I draw you the picture of my heart, it would be what I hope you would still love; though it contained nothing new; the early possession you obtained there, and the absolute power you have obtained over it, leaves not the smallest space unoccupied.”
This couple got married secretly and loved each other dearly. Elizabeth was disowned by her family for marrying Robert but nothing came in between their love for each other. She wrote this simple and short letter to her husband.
“And now listen to me in turn. You have touched me more profoundly than I thought even you could have touched me — my heart was full when you came here today. Henceforward I am yours for everything...”
One of Hollywood’s most romantic and glamorous couples have been Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor. They met on the sets of Cleopatra in 1963 and their union was one of the most dramatic ones in the 20th century. In one of his romantic and passionate letters to Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton wrote this...
“My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you. You don’t realize of course, E.B., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.”
This American singer couple were deeply in love with each other and often expressed their love to each other in a series of letters. One of the most romantic letters in this world has been from Johnny Cash to his wife June Carter Cash...
“We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each other’s minds. We know what the other one wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.
But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.”
The man, who made notes of music, also wrote letters of love to his beloved. Though the woman he loved and wrote the letters to still remains a mystery, his letter to his beloved is till date one of the most often quoted love letters. Titled "Immortal Beloved", he wrote...
“Even in bed my ideas yearn towards you, my Immortal Beloved, here and there joyfully, then again sadly, awaiting from Fate, whether it will listen to us. I can only live, either altogether with you or not at all. Yes, I have determined to wander about for so long far away, until I can fly into your arms and call myself quite at home with you, can send my soul enveloped by yours into the realm of spirits — yes, I regret, it must be. ”
Ernest Hemingway, a famous American novelist, short story writer and journalist. He truly loved Marlene Dietrich, a German singer-actress. Through a series of letters, he expressed his passion and love for his lady. On one occasion he wrote...
“I can’t say how every time I ever put my arms around you I felt that I was home.”
“What do you really want to do for a life work? Break everybody’s heart for a dime? You could always break mine for a nickel and I’d bring the nickel.”
Famous poet John Keats wrote letters to his neighbour and later his fiancée Fanny Brawne. As next door neighbours, they often exchanged passionate and love letters to each other. In one of his letters to Fanny, Keats expressed his passion in beautiful words.
“My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you - I am forgetful of everything but seeing you again - my life seems to stop there - I see no further. You have absorb’d me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving - I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you. I should be afraid to separate myself far from you….
I would be martyr’d for my religion - Love is my religion - I could die for that - I could die for you. My creed is love and you are it’s only tenet - You have ravish’d me away by a power I cannot resist.”
Leo Tolstoy, a Russian Novelist wrote letters to his fiancée Valeria Arsenev expressing his love to her in a charming way. He doesn’t only appreciate her external beauty but also speaks of her soul. He did not only tell her how beautiful she was, he also complimented her for the person she was.
“I already love in you your beauty, but I am only beginning to love in you that which is eternal and ever previous – your heat, your soul. Beauty one could get to know and fall in love with in one hour and cease to love it as speedily; but the soul one must learn to know. Believe me, nothing on earth is given without labour, even love, the most beautiful and natural of feelings.”
The love letters exchanged between these two young writers were incredibly romantic. In her letter to her lover, Zelda spelled out how much she loves him. It is one of the sweetest love letters written...
“There’s nothing in all the world I want but you and your precious love. All the material things are nothing. I’d just hate to live a sordid, colorless existence because you’d soon love me less and less and I’d do anything - anything - to keep your heart for my own. I don’t want to live - I want to love first, and live incidentally… Don’t - don’t ever think of the things you can’t give me. You’ve trusted me with the dearest heart of all - and it’s so damn much more than anybody else in all the world has ever had.”
One of the most adorable letters written was by American writer E.B. White to his wife Katharine whom he loved dearly. While she was pregnant, he did not know how to express all his love for her and thus decided to write a letter to her from the perspective of their pet dog. This is one of the most unique and sweet ways of expressing your love for your partner.
“Well, Mrs. White, I expect I am tiring you with this long letter, but as you often say yourself, a husband and wife should tell each other about the things that are on their mind, otherwise you get nowhere, and White didn’t seem to be able to tell you about his happiness, so thought I would attempt to put in a word.
White is getting me a new blanket, as the cushion in the bathroom is soiled.