Anne Bancroft

I am so Anne Bancroft
in 84 Charing Cross Road,
with my Everyman's Library
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
mailed to me from the UK.
I'm wondering what kind
of infidel barbarian editor
doesn't include the whole
of The House of Life.

Anne would have fired off

an angry letter to Anthony

Hopkins in the movie.

Oh, and see this cute film
if you haven't done so.
I was charmed by it,
even though it got a little
tristful toward the end.

Better yet, read the book,
the slender gathering of mail
between Helene Hanff,
American TV scriptwriter,

brash and bibulous,
and Frank Doel, British
bookseller, scrupulous,
considerate, and smitten
by his unmet correspondent.

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Written on 2022-04-02 at 08:13

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dott Print text Moods The PoetBay support member heart!
L6-L9, I know, right? I understand making movies from a book presents many constraints, but still, the editors kind of go too far with the bits they exclude! Sometimes, they chop off such important sections of the story that all you're left with is a different story altogether creating wholly different nuances. I much prefer reading the book first before seeing a movie adaptation of it 'cause I know I'll be missing too great portions of the whole story if I go to the movie first. And that's rarely satisfying. Anyway, rambling now :) Enjoyed this a lot, and I've noted the title you recommend for my to-get books list, thanks.

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Nice one Tom; and the blending in of your own experience with book buying works well. I remember the film, but haven't read the book, and I must get The House of Life.

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I'm with you. It's a gem of a movie and the kind of book you read and recommend to everyone you know—which is exactly what you're doing in your poem.