Excerpts from Famous Love Letters: Franz Kafka

Austrian Writer Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka was born July 3, 1883 and died June 3, 1924. He was a German novelist and was culturally influential . Contemporary critics and academics think Kafka was one of the finest authors of the 20th century. The term “Kafkaesque” has become part of the English language.

Kafka met a woman named Felice Bauer in 1912. She lived in Berlin and worked as a representative for a dictaphone company. For the next five years they corresponded often, met every now and again, and became engaged twice. Their relationship finally came to an end in 1917.

Starting in 1920, Kafka developed an intense relationship with Czech journalist and writer Milena Jesenská.

In July of 1923, during a vacation near the Baltic Sea, he met Dora Diamant and briefly moved to Berlin where he lived with her. She was a 25-year-old kindergarten teacher from an orthodox Jewish family, who was independent enough to have escaped her past in the ghetto. They became lovers, and she was influential regarding Kafka’s interest in the Talmud.

Famous love letters: Franz Kafka:

I belong to you; there is really no other way of expressing it, and that is not strong enough.

How could I, fool that I am, go on sitting in my office, or here at home, instead of leaping onto a train with my eyes shut and opening them only when I am with you?

Excerpts from Famous Love Letters: James Joyce

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Famous Love Letters: James Joyce:

You are my only love.

You have me completely in your power.

I know and feel that if I am to write anything fine and noble in the future I shall do so only by listening at the doors of your heart.

I would like to go through life side by side with you, telling you more and more until we grew to be one being together until the hour should come for us to die.

Excerpts from Famous Love Letters: George Gordon Lord Byron

George Gordon, lord Byron (1788–1824).

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Famous Love Letters: George Gordon Lord Byron:

In that word, beautiful in all languages, but most so in yours–Amor mio–is comprised my existence here and hereafter.

I feel I exist here, and I feel I shall exist hereafter,–to what purpose you will decide; my destiny rests with you,

But I more than love you, and cannot cease to love you.

Think of me, sometimes, when the Alps and ocean divide us,–but they never will, unless you wish it.

Excerpts from Famous Love Letters: Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert

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Gustave Flaubert was born December 12, 1821  and died May 8, 1880) He was a French writer who is included among the greatest Western novelists of all time. He is known particularly for his first published novel in 1857, Madame Bovary. Flaubert was well known for his scrupulous devotion to his art and style.

Between 1846 and 1854, Flaubert had a romantic relationship with the poet Louise Colet; his letters to her still survive. He never married. His biographer Émile Faguet indicates that his affair with Louise Colet was his only serious romantic relationship.

Famous Love Letters: Gustave Flaubert:

I will cover you with love when next I see you, with caresses, with ecstasy.

When you are old, I want you to recall those few hours, I want your dry bones to quiver with joy when you think of them.

Excerpts from Famous Love Letters: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Famous Love Letters: Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

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.

And on

(10 January 1846)

Dear Robert Browning,

…Do you know, when you have told me to think of you, I have been feeling ashamed of thinking of you so much, of thinking of only you–which is too much, perhaps. Shall I tell you? It seems to me, to myself, that no man was ever before to any woman what you are to me–the fullness must be in proportion, you know, to the vacancy…and only I know what was behind–the long wilderness without the blossoming rose…and the capacity for happiness, like a black gaping hole, before this silver flooding. Is it wonderful that I should stand as in a dream, and disbelieve–not you–but my own fate?

Was ever any one taken suddenly from a lampless dungeon and placed upon the pinnacle of a mountain, without the head turning round and the heart turning faint, as mine do? And you love me more, you say? Shall I thank you or God? Both, indeed, and there is no possible return from me to either of you! I thank you as the unworthy may…and as we all thank God. How shall I ever prove what my heart is to you? How will you ever see it as I feel it?…

Excerpts From Famous Love Letters: Napoleon Bonaparte

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Famous Love Letters: Napoleon Bonaparte:

I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil.

Sweet incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart!

Yielding to the profound feelings which overwhelm me, I draw from your lips, from your heart a love which consumes me with fire?

Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire.

Excerpts From Famous Love Letters: Ludwig von Beethoven

Ludwig von Beethoven Romantic ArtFamous Love Letters: Ludwig von Beethoven:

My angel, my all, my very self

We shall surely see each other soon; moreover, today I cannot share with you the thoughts I have had during these last few days touching my own life –

If our hearts were always close together, I would have none of these.

My heart is full of so many things to say to you – ah – there are moments when I feel that speech amounts to nothing at all –Cheer up – remain my true, my only treasure, my all as I am yours.

Ah, wherever I am, there you are also –

Much as you love me – I love you more –

Oh God – so near! so far!

Is not our love truly a heavenly structure, and also as firm as the vault of heaven?

my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us –

I can live only wholly with you or not at all –

No one else can ever possess my heart – never – never –

Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves.

Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together –

Be calm – love me – today – yesterday – what tearful longings for you – you – you – my life – my all – farewell.

Oh continue to love me – never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.

ever thine

ever mine

ever ours

Your faithful Ludwig