|Cover artist||Lynn Hollyn & David Gatti|
In addition to the Author and Germaine Pitt (or 'Lady Amherst', unrelated to any of Barth's previous novels), the correspondents are Todd Andrews (from The Floating Opera), Jacob Horner (from The End of the Road), A.B. Cook (a descendent of Burlingame in The Sot-Weed Factor), Jerome Bray (associated with Giles Goat-Boy and Chimera) and Ambrose Mensch (from Lost in the Funhouse).
The book is subtitled "An old time epistolary novel by seven fictitious drolls & dreamers each of which imagines himself factual." The structure is such that when the first character of each of the letters in the book are placed on a calendar according to their dates, and the individual months are turned sideways, they spell out the subtitle. In addition, the marked dates spell out the word "LETTERS."
- Marjorie Godlin Roemer (1987). "The Paradigmatic Mind: John Barth's LETTERS". Twentieth Century Literature. Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 33, No. 1. 33 (1): 38–50. doi:10.2307/441331. JSTOR 441331.
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