One of my favorite things about writing for Associated Content is the opportunity to research and learn about unusual topics that in many cases I had no previous knowledge of. The Juliet Club is one of those fascinating topics. If you have never heard of the Juliet Club you may be surprised, as I was, to hear that it is actually a voluntary club made up of “secretaries to Juliet”. These secretaries respond to thousands of letters that are sent in many different languages from around the world. The letters are all addressed to Shakespeare’s most romantic and tragic heroine, Juliet.
What is the Juliet Club?
To expand upon the brief description in the opening paragraph, the Juliet club is a voluntary club that organized by retired Italian baker, Guiulio Tamassia, who since 1993 has been providing love advice to Juliet’s many fans around the world. Because so many of the love letters, received by the Juliet Club are written in various foreign languages, the letters are then sent off to a number of volunteers who speak the native tongue of the writer. These volunteers also known as “Juliet’s Secretaries” respond to the many letters requesting advice on love matters or simply passing along simple love devotions to Shakespeare’s tragic heroine, Juliet.
The Dear Juliet Prize
The “Dear Juliet” Prize has recently become quite famous, even attracting famous Italian Tenor, Andrea Bocelli to perform at one of the award ceremonies. The “Dear Juliet” prize is awarded each Valentine’s Day to the writer who is determined by select members of the Juliet Club to have written the most poignant and compelling love letter.
A Book of Love Letters
For those who are interested in reading some of these poignant love letters from around the world, there is a book that was published a few years ago by Verona authors and sisters’, Lise and Ceil Friedman. The 176 page book entitled: “Letters to Juliet: Celebrating Shakespeare’s Greatest Heroine, the Magical City of Verona and the Power of Love“, is a 176 page compilation of some of the most memorable letters to Juliet received by the Juliet Club.
More Information on the Juliet Club
If you are interested in finding out more about the Juliet Club or if you would like to send your own “Dear Juliet” letter ,you can visit the Juliet Club’s website at www.julietclub.com. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send your own “Dear Juliet” letter to the club at: Club Giulietta; Via Galielei 3; 37100 Verona, Italy.
Learning about the Juliet Club has added a needed touch of charm and romance to my otherwise ordinary day. I hope it has done the same for you.