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Conversation: A History of a Declining Art

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Essayist Stephen Miller pursues a lifelong interest in conversation by taking an historical and philosophical view of the subject. He chronicles the art of conversation in Western civilization from its beginnings in ancient Greece to its apex in eighteenth-century Britain to its current endangered state in America. As Harry G. Frankfurt brought wide attention to the art of bullshit in his recent bestselling On Bullshit, so Miller now brings the art of conversation into the light, revealing why good conversation matters and why it is in decline.

Miller explores the conversation about conversation among such great writers as Cicero, Montaigne, Swift, Defoe, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and Virginia Woolf. He focuses on the world of British coffeehouses and clubs in and#147;The Age of Conversationand#8221; and examines how this era ended. Turning his attention to the United States, the author traces a prolonged decline in the theory and practice of conversation from Benjamin Franklin through Hemingway to Dick Cheney. He cites our technology (iPods, cell phones, and video games) and our insistence on unguarded forthrightness as well as our fear of being judgmental as powerful forces that are likely to diminish the art of conversation.

Synopsis:

Essayist Miller pursues a lifelong interest in conversation by taking a historical and philosophical view of the subject--the art of conversation in Western civilization.

Synopsis:

Essayist Miller pursues a lifelong interest in conversation by taking a historical and philosophical view of the subject--the art of conversation in Western civilization.

About the Author

Stephen Miller is a freelance writer and a contributing editor to The Wilson Quarterly. His essays on leading eighteenth-century writers have appeared in many magazines, including the Times Literary Supplement, Partisan Review, and Sewanee Review.

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"In the sublime make of David Hume and Dr. Samuel Johnson, Stephen Miller gives us a celebration and elegy for the art of conversation. His work at once enlightens and saddens me, two effects that fuse into one."-Harold Bloom    

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"[A] marvelously clear and vigorous exploration of the history of conversation. . ."-Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

(Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times) CITATION:

"In keeping with the aesthetic values of conversation, [Miller's] own writing is both clear and witty."-Tom D'Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor

(Tom D'Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300110302
Subtitle:
A History of a Declining Art
Author:
Miller, Stephen
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Conversation analysis
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
HIS049000
Subject:
Communication Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070621
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.95 lb

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