Letters, 1949 - 1950* 84, Charing Cross Road is Helene Hanff's collection of correspondence chronicling her long-distance friendships with the employees of a secondhand bookstore. * The letters from Helene in New York City to the bookstore in London, England, span the time of twenty years, October 1949 through October 1969. * Helene Hanff writes to the proprietors of the Marks & Co. bookstore in London, England, on October 5, 1949, in response to their advertisement in a literature review publication. * The bookstore has advertised their services as "antiquarian booksellers," a term which slightly frightens Helene, but she presses on with her requests for secondhand books. * Helene receives her first letter from Marks & Co. and the writer signs off only with the initials FPD. * Helene responds a few weeks later that the books have arrived, and one in particular is too beautifully bound to sit on her orange-crate bookshelves. * The next books on their way to Helene are...
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