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In this scholarly study, Miller (Conversation: A History of a Declining Art) examines the ways in which Sunday has been observed over the centuries in Western culture as well as the Sunday habits of selected British and American writers. Noting that his subject is of interest for historic and sociopolitical reasons, Miller begins with early Christian Sunday customs. Throughout, the book focuses on the meaning of Sunday among various groups, especially Sabbatarians and evangelicals as well as nonpracticing Christians. By no means all-inclusive, the work is selective in its examination of such groups as the English Puritans though, surprisingly, not during the time of Cromwell and the Protectorate. The title comes from a letter by Wallace Stevens, one of the writers considered here along with other notables including George Herbert, Samuel Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith, John Ruskin, Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and Robert Lowell. The final chapter covers religious experience in contemporary America and ends with the secularization of Sunday in this country. Of interest to academic libraries.
—Denise J. Stankovics