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John Lennon's Personal Letters To Be Published

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For the first time ever, fans will be able to read John Lennon's personal letters in a collection that will be published in October 2012.

After some persuading from Beatles' biographer, Hunter Davies, Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, sold the publishing rights to a collection of his letters, which reveal much insight to the legend's personal life.

The rights were purchased by Alan Samson of the Orion Publishing Group for an undisclosed amont - although some say they were sold anywhere from £500,000 to £1,000,000.

Samson said:

"The prospect of publishing such a wide-ranging and unusual collection had provoked a high-level bidding battle. These letters have never been collected in one place before, and for the most part they have never been seen before. The other reason people have gone crazy for it is the fact that there are half a dozen icons of the 20th century, – Marilyn Monroe, Kennedy, Elvis – and Lennon is one of them."

The collection includes more than 150 letters, including one in which he wrote to an 8-year-old boy. Samson added, "They are full of wonderful drawings. They are funny, sad…they are very human letters."

With Lennon being such a prolific writer, these letters are sure to be extremely emotional and meaningful.

The release of the letters will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut single Love Me Do.

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