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Empire of Letters
Letter Manuals and Transatlantic Correspondence, 1680–1820

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  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521123525

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  • Among the most frequently reprinted books of the long eighteenth century, English, Scottish and American letter manuals spread norms of polite conduct and communication which helped to connect and unify different regions of the British Atlantic world, even as they fostered and helped to create very different local and regional cultures and values. Eve Tavor Bannet uncovers what people knew then about letters that we have forgotten, and revolutionizes our understanding of eighteenth-century letters, novels, periodicals, and other kinds of writing in manuscript and print which used the letter form.

    • A fascinating study of how eighteenth-century letters were written and read
    • Insights into the life and literature of the period showing how everyone communicated in letters
    • A transatlantic and interdisciplinary study that will appeal to scholars of British and American history and literature
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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521123525
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue
    Part I. Letter Manuals and Eighteenth-Century Letteracy: Introduction
    1. Empire of letters
    2. Manual architectonics
    Part II. Letter Manuals in Britain and America: Introduction
    3. Secretaries at the turn of the eighteenth century
    4. The complete letter-writers of the middle years
    5. The art of correspondence, 1790–1820
    Part III. Secrecy and the Transatlantic Culture of Letters: Introduction
    6. Public and hidden transcripts
    7. From Crevecoeur to Franklin and Mr. Spectator
    Bibliography.

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    Eve Tavor Bannet, University of Oklahoma

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