The universal subject of the loss of a loved one is portrayed in this unique selection of letters of sympathy exchanged between historically famous men & women, & their families & friends. The personal letters -- & the replies to them -- of such eminent figures as Cicero, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Mann, Aldous Huxley, Bernard Shaw, C.S. Lewis, & more than 50 others through the ages have been collected with care. They are accompanied by concise, explanatory background sketches, which will enhance the reader's experience. This book will inspire all lovers of literature as well as those who find themselves in a position to comfort grieving family members & friends.