Lord Chesterfield's Letters

Lord Chesterfield's Letters

ISBN-10:
0199554846
ISBN-13:
9780199554843
Pub. Date:
10/15/2008
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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Lord Chesterfield's Letters

Not originally intended for publication, the celebrated and controversial correspondences between Lord Chesterfield and his son Philip, dating from 1737, were praised in their day as a complete manual of education, and despised by Samuel Johnson for teaching "the morals of a whore and the manners of a dancing-master." Reflecting the political craft of a leading statesman and the urbane wit of a man who associated with Pope, Addison, and Swift, Lord Chesterfield's Letters reveal the author's political cynicism, his views on good breeding, and instruction to his son in etiquette and the worldly arts. The only annotated selection of this breadth available in paperback, these entertaining letters illuminate the fascinating aspects of eighteenth-century life and manners.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199554843
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 492,545
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Note on the Text xxiv
Select Bibliography xxv
A Chronology of Lord Chesterfield xxvii
Letters
1(383)
Explanatory Notes 384(63)
Index of Persons 447

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