Conversation: A History of a Declining Art
Levinson, Martin H., et Cetera
Stephen Miller. Conversation: A History of a Declining Art. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006.
In this book, essayist Stephen Miller pursues a lifelong interest in conversation, discussing why good conversation matters and why it is in decline.
Miller takes an historical and philosophical view of the subject, chronicling the art of conversation in Western civilization from its beginnings in ancient Greece to its apex in the coffeehouses and clubs of eighteenth-century Britain. Turning to America, Miller discusses Ben Franklin's interest in conversation, but Franklin, he argues was in this respect not a typical American. Many foreign observers, including Mrs. …
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Publication information: Article title: Conversation: A History of a Declining Art. Contributors: Levinson, Martin H. - Author. Journal title: et Cetera. Volume: 64. Issue: 2 Publication date: April 2007. Page number: 176. © International Society for General Semantics-ARCHIVED Oct 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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