Letters Lost and Found

Letters Lost and Found


Elaine L. Goolsby


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In 1945, a fifteen-year-old North Carolina farm girl and a sixteen-year-old Liverpool schoolboy began a correspondence as part of a school project that would endure for more than fifty years. Their mutual love of books and writing and their similar backgrounds helped bind the two in a relationship that poet and assistant professor Steve Katz of NCSU calls born of the pen. Goolsby's initial letters were thought to be missing when their successful book LETTER IN A BOTTLE was published in 1991. Found in Graham's tool shed in London in 1993, they now appear in their entirety in LETTERS LOST AND FOUND for the first time.

Elaine Goolsby is a retired social worker from UNC Chapel Hill. She lives in Durham.