5 Most celebrated love letters of all time
Over the years there have been letters composed by renowned couples professing their love to one another. This goes to show that letters are the most romantic way of telling someone that they are special to you. Here are 5 of the most celebrated love letters that have made it to the golden page of history.
Johnny Cash to June Carter
In 1956 Johnny Cash met June carter while he was still married to his first wife, Vivian. Even though their love affair began while he was still married, these two were immensely in love with each other, and the bond was unbreakable. So much, that in 1967 after his divorce, he immediately proposed June Carter and they tied the knot in 1968.
‘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.’
From a letter written by Johnny Cash to June Carter on her 65th birthday.
Beethoven to Immortal Beloved
In the early July of 1812, Beethoven wrote a letter addressed to his Immortal Beloved whose identity till date remains a mystery. This letter was found among his belongings shortly after his death, and ever since there have been plenty of speculations on the identity of his mysterious lover.
‘Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, 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.’
Beethoven writes his heart out to his Immortal Beloved.
Prince Albert to Queen Victoria
This was a fairy tale royal romance of two lovers who were completely devoted to each other. Prince Albert and Queen Victoria were considered to be inseparable and even after his death Queen Victoria slept with a photo of him pinned to the headboard of her bed.
'Even in my dreams I never imagined that I should find so much love on earth. How that moment shines for me still when I was close to you, with your hand in mine. Those days flew by so quickly, but our separation will fly equally so.'
A letter written by Prince Albert to Queen Victoria before their wedding.
John Keats to Fanny Brawne
In 1818 John Keats met Fanny Brawne when he moved in next door to the Brawne Family. Though they never got married, he was head-over-heels in love with her and wrote letters to her brimming with emotions for three years, until his death.
‘My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d me…I would be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you…’
John Keats expresses his undying love for Fanny Brawne.
Zelda Fitzgerald to F Scott Fitzgerald
The love story of a woman with a mental illness and a guy who was an alcoholic is crazy, but filled with passion and devotion for one another. Though these two had a very turbulent relationship, they were madly in love and married to each other for 20 years.
'Darling – I love these velvet nights. I’ve never been able to decide … whether I love you most in the eternal classic half-lights where it blends with day or in the full religious fan-fare of mid-night or perhaps in the lux of noon.'
Zelda Fitzgerald writes to Scott Fitzgerald when he was away writing Great Gatsby.
It's time we bring back the tradition of writing letters to our loved ones, because it is one of those gestures that remain timeless and can be cherished for a lifetime.