Instabook Alert! Start combing the public-domain letters of the world’s greatest men now to be the next big hit at amazon.com.
The product-placement-savvy hordes that have been to see the Sex and the City movie are screaming their heads of for a copy of Love Letters of Great Men, from which Carrie reads love letters from Napoleon and Beethoven to Mr. Big in bed in one scene. But! The book hasn’t been written yet!
The Times‘ Paper Cuts blog was the first to report on this but, you know, the AP just did the rewrite today so you may still be one of the first to submit your proposal if you start combing bartleby.com RIGHT AWAY.
To give you an idea why you should QUIT YOUR DAY JOB NOW AND TAKE THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY: The existing title closest to the fictitious book is the not-too-satisfying sounding Love Letters Of Great Men and Women: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day, published in London in 1924 and reissued last year by Kessinger Publishing. A used bookseller has received hundreds of queries about the book since the film’s release.
The mass confusion over the title had caused the real book’s sales rating on Amazon to rise to No. 178 by Friday of last week according to Paper Cuts. We just checked, and as of a little before 6, it is at No. 169!
Here’s one to get you started; paste it into your iPhone or whatever and start “writing!”
I awake all filled with you. Your image and the intoxicating pleasures of last night, allow my senses no rest.
Sweet and matchless Josephine, how strangely you work upon my heart.
Are you angry with me? Are you unhappy? Are you upset?
My soul is broken with grief and my love for you forbids repose. But how can I rest any more, when I yield to the feeling that masters my inmost self, when I quaff from your lips and from your heart a scorching flame?
Yes! One night has taught me how far your portrait falls short of yourself!
You start at midday: in three hours I shall see you again.
Till then, a thousand kisses, mio dolce amor! but give me none back for they set my blood on fire.