The Nobel Prize in literature laureate, the poet Jaroslav Seifert kept up a life-long and vigorous correspondence with the readers of his verses. In particular, during the times when the natural social order was in turmoil (under the Nazis and Communists) he remained an authoritative voice to his readers, and one they did not hesitate to trust. This compendium of his ‘well-received correspondence’ speaks not only of the remarkable standing Seifert had in Czech society for more than half a century, but also of the magical power of poetry. At least at certain times. The book is published with a foreword by the poet Karel Šiktanc.