epistolary epistolary  /ɪ ˈpɪ stə ˌlɛ ri/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) written in the form of or carried on by letters or correspondence

Usage(s):

  1. The Color Purple is an epistolary novel: a child's letters to God, written by Celie, a poor black girl in early-20th century Georgia.
  2. The Unabomber began the epistolary striptease that in the end brought him down.
  3. This is an epistolary novel: we get to know Juliet and her friends through their letters and telegrams to one another.

News

  • “Dear Elizabeth” at Berkeley Rep charms with lovely words, warmth, and beautiful pictures

    I like epistolary plays where the letters sent between two people over decades are fashioned into a dramatic piece. The only trouble is such plays sometimes remind me of radio drama on NPR. But “Dear Elizabeth,” by Sarah Ruhl now at the Berkeley Rep, is saved from that trap by some of the best stagecraft I’ve seen this year, inspired staging, and two adept and exactingly cast professionals doing ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The Berkeley Daily Planet

Quotes

  1. "May I again say," George wrote in a letter to his parents, "that I am more particularly interested in Cambridge at the moment, and the epistolary offensive should be directed towards that University."
    on Jan 15, 2009 By: George Plimpton Source: The Nation.

  2. Dr Johnson wrote: "There is no transaction which offers stronger temptation to sophistication and fallacy than epistolary intercourse."
    on Apr 22, 2010 By: Samuel Johnson Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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