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By Helene Hanff | Comments: ( 445 ) | Date: ( Apr 01, 2020 )

84, Charing Cross Road is a charming record of bibliophilia, cultural difference, and imaginative sympathy For 20 years, an outspoken New York writer and a rather restrained London bookseller carried on an increasingly touching correspondence.In her first letter to Marks Co Helene Hanff encloses a wish list, but warns, The phrase antiquarian booksellers sc84, Charing Cross Road is a charming record of bibliophilia, cultural difference, and imaginative sympathy For 20 years, an outspoken New York writer and a rather restrained London bookseller carried on an increasingly touching correspondence.In her first letter to Marks Co Helene Hanff encloses a wish list, but warns, The phrase antiquarian booksellers scares me somewhat, as I equate antique with expensive Twenty days later, on October 25, 1949, a correspondent identified only as FPD let Hanff know that works by Hazlitt and Robert Louis Stevenson would be coming under separate cover.When they arrive, Hanff is ecstatic but unsure she ll ever conquer bilingual arithmetic By early December 1949, Hanff is suddenly worried that the six pound ham she s sent off to augment British rations will arrive in a kosher office But only when FPD turns out to have an actual name, Frank Doel, does the real fun begin.Two years later, Hanff is outraged that Marks Co has dared to send an abridged Pepys diary i enclose two limp singles, i will make do with this thing till you find me a real Pepys THEN i will rip up this ersatz book, page by page, AND WRAP THINGS IN IT Nonetheless, her postscript asks whether they want fresh or powdered eggs for Christmas Soon they re sharing news of Frank s family and Hanff s career No doubt their letters would have continued, but in 1969, the firm s secretary informed her that Frank Doel had died In the collection s penultimate entry, Helene Hanff urges a tourist friend, If you happen to pass by 84, Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me I owe it so much.


  • Title: 84, Charing Cross Road
  • Author: Helene Hanff
  • ISBN: 9780233963303
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Helene Hanff

Helene Hanff April 15, 1916 April 9, 1997 was an American writer Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is best known as the author of the book 84 Charing Cross Road, which became the basis for a play, teleplay, and film of the same name.Her career, which saw her move from writing unproduced plays to helping create some of the earliest television dramas to becoming a kind of professional New Yorker, goes far beyond the charm of that one book She called her 1961 memoir Underfoot in Show Business, and it chronicled the struggle of an ambitious young playwright to make it in the world of New York theatre in the 1940s and 1950s She worked in publicists offices and spent summers on the straw hat circuit along the East Coast of the United States, writing plays that were admired by some of Broadway s leading producers but which somehow never saw the light of day.She wrote and edited scripts for a variety of early television dramas produced out of New York, all the while continuing to try and move from being what she called one of the 999 out of 1,000 who don t become Noel Coward When the bulk of television production moved to California, her work slowly dried up, and she turned to writing for magazines and, eventually, to the books that made her reputation.First published in 1970, the epistolary work 84 Charing Cross Road chronicles her 20 years of correspondence with Frank Doel, the chief buyer for Marks Co a London bookshop, on which she depended for the obscure classics and British literature titles around which her passion for self education revolved She became intimately involved in the lives of the shop s staff, sending them food parcels during England s post war shortages and sharing with them details of her life in Manhattan.Due to financial difficulties and an aversion to travel, she put off visiting her English friends until too late Doel died in December 1968 from peritonitis from a burst appendix, and the bookshop eventually closed Hanff did finally visit Charing Cross Road and the empty but still standing shop in the summer of 1971, a trip recorded in her 1973 book The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.In the 1987 film of 84 Charing Cross Road, Hanff was played by Anne Bancroft, while Anthony Hopkins took the part of Frank Doel Anne Jackson had earlier played Hanff in a 1975 adaptation of the book for British television Ellen Burstyn recreated the role on Broadway in 1982 at the Nederlander Theater in New York City.She later put her obsession with British scholar Sir Arthur Quiller Couch to use in a book called Q s Legacy Other books include Apple of My Eye, an idiosyncratic guide to New York City, and A Letter from New York 1992 , which reprinted talks she gave on the BBC s Woman s Hour between 1978 and 1985.Hanff was never shy about her fondness for cigarettes and martinis, but nevertheless lived to be 80, dying of diabetes in 1997 in New York City The apartment building where she lived at 305 E 72nd Street has been named Charing Cross House in her honor A bronze plaque next to the front door commemorates her residence and authorship of the book.



Comments 84, Charing Cross Road

  • Brina

    As a child, I loved writing to pen pals. Anywhere I went that offered a chance to sign up to be a pen pal, I did with earnest. None of the pen pals ended up amounting to much, but it was thrilling to receive letters from them in the mail. I come from a line of pen pal writers as my mother wrote to an English girl her age for her entire childhood and teenaged years. It is not surprising then, that I one of the first books I reviewed on was Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Un [...]


  • Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"

    "If you happen to pass by 84 Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me? I owe it so much."This was my second reading of the book, and I'm adding a star to my original rating. I laughed a lot harder this time, and even got a little choked up near the end. I don't recall this much chortling, cackling, guffawing and snorting on my first time through. The contrast between Helene Hanff's brash American informality and Frank Doel's staid British professionalism is delightful. There's a certain charm in his p [...]


  • Luffy

    The epistolary meanderings of Helene Hanff and Frank Dole are insightful, playful in their coyness, and progressive in their development. This is an actual correspondence gone awfully right.There is a starkness of honesty in this correspondence. Yet the prose in the letters aren't quite as dry as might be feared. Like I said, the back and forth is progressive. There is definitely life in these letters. This real occurrence happens after the second world war(the last three words of which is a fav [...]


  • Glenn Sumi

    After hearing about this book for years, I finally stumbled upon a $2 ex-libris copy earlier this week at a used book sale. And without pausing I bought it. How appropriate! It consists of the correspondence, from the late 1940s until the late 1960s, between New York writer and bibliophile Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, an employee at Marks & Co. Booksellers at the eponymous address in London. Hanff was a voracious, eclectic reader who couldn’t find good American editions of the books she wa [...]


  • Angela M

    Letters, literature, friendships, kindness and humor fill the pages of this small volume. It's a gift from Helene Hanff to anyone who loves books. Not much more I can say except that all book lovers should read it . Long distance friendships and books - a lot like .


  • Esil

    An easy 5 stars!I listened to this lovely short audiobook. It's completely charming. The voices are perfect. And in an odd way it reminded me of what I love about . Strangers connecting over their mutual love of books. Slowly the book focused repartee morphs into a real sense of affinity and frienship.A bit of warmth to ease the dark cold days of November. A nice relief from the miserable state of world politics.I'm late to this party, but I highly recommend it -- especially the audio.


  • Trevor

    I love this book and love the film they made of it too. It is sloppy and sweet and warm and, you know, just right. It is the sort of book one could read in an hour or two over a pot of tea on a cold winter's afternoon and just enjoy. Pure delight.If you needed to be reminded that love of literature is as good a foundation of love of the world as any other 'religion', that the people we write to can be closer and dearer to us than those we see day after day - then this really is a book written to [...]


  • Diane S ☔

    Loved every single page of this wonderful little novel, told in letters. The lost art of letter writing, but amazing how much we can tell of the relationship between the author in New York and a bookstore in London. Requesting books to be sent to her she makes the acquaintance of Frank Dole, his wife, his neighbor and other employees of the bookstore. Starts out as a purely business relationship we can tell letter by letter as they become more friendly, discussing their families, friends, jobs a [...]


  • Annet

    A beautiful, sincere and humorous correspondence between a writer in New York (Helen) looking for unique books all the time and having them shipped over from Europe and a bookstore manager in London over the years. Fun, nostalgic read with a smile.


  • PattyMacDotComma

    5★If you love books and letters, this is the book for you! People have been interacting kind of anonymously for a long time, without dating apps or the internet. I used to hand write letters back and forth to friends I seldom saw – now it’s emails and posts, but same banter, bluster, shared triumphs and tears. This is the most charming, funny, and touching book about a 20-year, long-distance correspondence which starts out as a relatively simple book order. Helene Hanff, a New York writer [...]


  • Britany

    I've known about his little gem for so many years, waiting for a special moment to finally dive in. I just love books filled with mementos and letters. I grew up sorting cards and old mail at my grandmother's house to the PostMan Books and now a grown up letter book. Helene Hanff is an American writer desperate to fill her reading dreams with editions of books she has trouble finding in the US. She starts a correspondence with an English bookstore. I ate up this book like a cat with a bowl of cr [...]


  • Caroline

    I have just re-read this book for about the fifth time. I think it ought to be compulsory reading every three or so years, or it should be imbibed medicinally if one is feeling generally under the weather.As everyone knows - it's the correspondence between the warm and bouncy American scriptwriter Helen Hanff, and the stuffy head buyer of an antiquarian bookshop in London called Frank Doel. Their correspondence spans from 1949 to 1969. Slowly, slowly, Hanff's warm letters melt Doel's English res [...]


  • Vanessa

    An all too brief but enjoyable and witty collection of letters of correspondence between Helene Hanff from N.Y City and the various staff at Marks & Co. bookshop trading in antiquarian books in London. Lovely, endearing relationships form and you come to love the developing friendships that occur over the 20 year timespan. It's a shame that we have lost the art of letter writing, such a wonderful idea for a book and it's no wonder this became so popular when it was first published. A charmin [...]


  • Lynne King

    As soon as I came across this book on and read the blurb, I could see that all the literary ingredients I look for in a book were there in this series of letters between two individuals. Consequently I had to purchase it. Firstly, it was the personality of Helene Hanff, a Jewish writer in New York. I’ll just never tire of Jewish humor as it’s such a never-ending pleasure for me. Some of the “treasures” that pour from people’s mouths. As for New Yorkers, well words fail me in that rega [...]


  • Srinivas

    Every one who likes to read books, who likes to write about books, who likes to talks about books, who likes to buy 2nd hand books, who likes the lavish smell of books,who likes to sniff the pages before they buy booksST read this book.


  • Pradnya K.

    I was browsing through the books, stumbled across it, got curious to know what hides behind this address and read the first letter. Then read the second with amusement. Then third with curiosity. By the fourth letter I was completely drown into it.It's a story of an American lady who orders books from a used books bookstore in London at the address 84, Charing Cross Road. The correspondence between her and the employees from the bookstore over twenty years was published as a book and got undream [...]


  • Aldrin

    The present is an undeniably significant time in the realm of books. It’s a time when the nature and limits of books are being redefined so aggressively that to enclose the very term in scare quotes does not necessarily amount to a vagary in punctuation. The mostly static evolution of books is now approaching a flash point, that is, if it hasn’t yet been reached. The signs are as clear as Truman Capote’s favorite Russian vodka. Accompanied by the consistent rise in the sales of books in th [...]


  • Madeleine

    In the interest of full disclosure (or because putting myself on display via book reviews is a more palatable vehicle for my innermost self these days than, say, the more self-respectingly private venue of a journal is), I originally wrote this review as a series of letters between 84, Charing Cross Road and me, but it was one of those times when emulating the format just wasn't working (for one thing, I kept writing the book's responses far too snarkily, which I think may have been the result o [...]


  • Elyse

    I received this book in the mail (a surprise gift) -- so I read it 'on the spot'. The book is only about 100 pages long --but a charming read (one I'm glad I read).This is an older book (first published in 1970).The year I graduated High School. The author Helene Hanff, a freelance writer was living in New York City. She spent twenty years corresponding to a used book dealer in London. (they did not do this over the internet). ***SLOW MAIL***!Though never meeting in person, they shared a common [...]


  • Syl

    It was a small book, interesting to read. But after the first quarter, I started having a few issues with it, these being,1. I was frequently confused about the person who was replying to Helene's letters - I got mixing up the workers in the quaint bookshop2. The letters started seeming monotonous, with Helen either happy or berating Mark and Co for the books they send/didn't send3. Helene ordering books from London which had to be shipped to New York didn't make sense. What about the shipping c [...]


  • Book Concierge

    In October 1949 Helene Hanff, a single woman living and working in her small New York apartment, responded to an ad placed in the Saturday Review of Literature by Marks & Co, a bookshop in London that specialized in used books. Thus began a two-decade long correspondence and friendship between the reserved bookseller and the irrepressible Miss Hanff. What a delight it is to be allowed to watch this growing relationship, fueled by a shared love of books, and an ability to laugh at oneself and [...]


  • Ij

    This memoir was a great read. It consisted of letters primarily between Helene Hanff, the author, and Frank Doel, an employee of Marks and Company, Booksellers. The title of the book 84, Charing Cross Road was the address to the bookshop, in London. The letters started on October 5, 1949 and continued back and forth for almost twenty (20) years. In the first letter, Ms. Hanff describes herself as a “poor writer with an antiquarian taste in books.” These books she thought to be too costly in [...]


  • Francisco H. González

    ¡Qué grandeza de libro contenida en tan poca extensión¡. Había leído alguna novela anteriormente como Contra el viento del norte basada también en un intercambio epistolar (en aquella ocasión era un intercambio de correos electrónicos), pero allí lo que se dirimía era si al final los dos tórtolos epistolares llegarían a verse las caras y los cuerpos. Aquí no media el amor, sino el afecto que surge entre una americana amante de los libros y de las palabras y los empleados de una lib [...]


  • Stephanie Anze

    Helene Hanff is a writer in New York. When she is unable to find some rare and out-of-print books, she turns her attention to a second-hand bookstore in London. Hanff writes a letter to the establishment and receives a warm reply from Frank Doel, the main buyer for the store. Doel writes that he could track down the titles she wants and the two of them start a steady correspondance. Thus begins a beautiful friendship.This is a gem of a book. I love it even more knowing that its a real friendship [...]


  • Maria Clara

    No creo que vaya a decir nada que no se haya dicho ya sobre esta pequeña joya, pero hay una cosa que me ha llamado la atención: la inocencia que hemos perdido. Es decir, la amistad que surge entre un grupo de gente, que vive a miles de kilómetros de distancia, por una carta. Creo que esta es la magia del libro.


  • Laysee

    84 Charing Cross Road chronicles a beautiful twenty-year relationship between an American reader of antiquarian books and Marks & Co. Booksellers, London. The latter ‘is the loveliest old shop straight out of Dickens’. It has very old grey oak shelves that smell of age and dust going up to the ceiling. This epistolary book contains the correspondence from 1949 to 1969 between Ms. Helene Hanff, a penurious writer who loves antiquarian books, and Frank Doel, the knowledgeable and efficient [...]


  • Mark

    Another of those books which take no time to read but are an absolute joy every time you revisit them. The story of a flamboyant, generous, intelligent american woman and her friendship with a seemingly much quieter but equally generous and humourous english bookseller. Their mutual love of literature and all things book is the initial leaping off point but their friendship extends over 20 years and covers momentous changes, in british society certainly. These changes are hinted at gently, refer [...]


  • Srividya

    "No Man is an Island, entire of itself; Every man is a Continent; a part of the Main"So said John Donne and I have to say that I quite agree with him. Even the self confessed loner isn't exactly alone and if I have to stray a little further, much to the screams of those who call themselves loners, I will say that they form relationships as well; often long and most cherished relationships. Before the naysayers attack me with their words, I shall confess and say that, relationships aren't merely [...]


  • Diane Barnes

    5 stars for exactly what this is: A tiny little masterpiece of letter writing, friendship, and books. This was a re-read for me, when I needed a break from a heavier read. 100 pages of sheer delight.


  • Cathy DuPont

    "I love inscriptions on flyleaves and notes in margins, I like the comradely sense of turning pages someone else turned, and reading passages some one long gone has called my attention to." as stated in a letter from Helene Hanff to Frank Doel.So said Helene Hanff author of this little book in the form of an epistolary, the writing of letters, from Helene in New York City, to Marks & Co Booksellers, 84, Charing Cross Road, London. The majority of the letters back to Helene were from Frank Do [...]


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