A rare compendium of John Lennon’s correspondence will be published next year.

The LA Times reports that Yoko Ono and official Beatles biographer Hunter Davies have compiled Lennon’s letters, postcards and drawings, sent to all manner of people.

The Lennon Letters will features correspondence from the activist and music icon to all manner of people – “friends, family, strangers, newspapers, organisations, lawyers and the laundry”.

This is the first time Ono has given permission for Lennon’s letters to be published, which have been sourced from archives, collectors and the original recipients.

Davies has edited the collection, and written the introduction. The letters are reproduced in their original form, “in his handwriting or typing, plus the odd cartoon or doodle.”

The Lennon Letters will be published by Little, Brown in October 2012.

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