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Robert W. Butler, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair in the Department of History at Elmhurst University, USA. He focuses on the cultural history of modern Britain as well as the concept of evil history. For Butler, letters have become the best way to delve into micro-histories of significant times and individuals.

Sindija Franzetti is an assistant professor at the Department of Communication and Learning in Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. In her thesis Epistolarity in a Post-Letter World (2021), Franzetti sought to discover aspects of epistolarity that persist even in a world where the global reach of increasingly digitized interpersonal communication seems to have obviated the need for letters. Currently, she carries out research at the intersection of epistolary studies and writing pedagogy.

Kathryn A. McDonald, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Akron, USA. She is interested in the culture of the Stewart bureaucracy and researches the connections between the monasteries and the royal government in 16th-century Scotland. She combines quantitative analyses with letters as a way of understanding the motivations of historical actors as well as the relationships between them in her doctoral dissertation, Pleno Iure: The Royal Bureaucracy and the Monasteries in Scotland, 1488-1603.

Linda McGuire teaches courses on gender, writing, and biography at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art in Dijon, France. Since 2011, her research has mainly focused on the significant presence of women in Cicero’s epistolary collections. Her current book project explores evidence of women in the Roman world as senders, readers, and writers of correspondence. Recent book chapters include “Titus
Pomponius Atticus: Writing the Life of an Uncommonly Honourable Roman” which appeared in Portraits of Integrity (Bloomsbury, 2020) and “Cicero and his daughter Tullia: Grief and History in a Latin Epistolary Collection” in Emotions The Engines of History (Routledge, forthcoming).

Hand Writing

Passionate about letters, letter writing, and all things epistolary, we are:

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