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What Makes a Good Book? Kafka’s Letters to a Friend

Reading letters of long-dead thinkers is always a fascinating journey. The literary prowess employed in private conversations with friends may uncomfortably remind many that the last text conversation with their significant other contained 13 emoticons and 3 insincere cases of “lol.” On the other hand, you’d probably quickly tire of unsolicited existential musings via text message.

Read Camus’ Letter to His Elementary School Teacher After Winning the Nobel Prize

After winning the Nobel Prize, philosopher Albert Camus thought to thank his mother first, and an elementary school teacher second. Camus wrote this letter (below) to his teacher Louis Germain who, according to Letters of Note, “fostered the potential he saw and steered young Camus on a path that would eventually see him write some hugely respected, award-winning novels and essays.”