Synopses & Reviews
In cities from Boston to Charleston, elite men and women of eighteenth-century British America came together in private venues to script a polite culture. By examining their various 'texts'conversations, letters, newspapers, and privately circulated manuscriptsDavid Shields reconstructs the discourse of civility that flourished in and further shaped elite society in British America.
A major contribution to our understanding of [the] process of cultural transplantation.
Jack P. Greene, Times Literary Supplement
[O]f value to historians of eighteenth-century British polite society, as well as to American historians.
English Historical Review
Fresh and illuminating.
American Historical Review
[R]ecreates an exuberant social exchange that provides a significant contribution for scholars, students, and general readers of British-American history.
[An] intelligent, deeply researched and beautifully written book.