Empire of Letters: Letter Manuals and Transatlantic Correspondence, 1680-1820 by Eve Tavor BannetEmpire of Letters: Letter Manuals and Transatlantic Correspondence, 1680-1820 by Eve Tavor Bannet

Empire of Letters: Letter Manuals and Transatlantic Correspondence, 1680-1820

byEve Tavor Bannet

Hardcover | February 6, 2006

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Among the most frequently reprinted books of the long eighteenth century, English, Scottish and American letter manuals spread norms of polite conduct and communication which helped to connect and unify different regions of the British Atlantic world, even as they fostered and helped to create very different local and regional cultures and values. Eve Tavor Bannet uncovers what people knew then about letters that we have forgotten, and revolutionizes our understanding of eighteenth-century letters, novels, periodicals, and other kinds of writing in manuscript and print which used the letter form.
Eve Tavor Bannet is Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.
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Title:Empire of Letters: Letter Manuals and Transatlantic Correspondence, 1680-1820Format:HardcoverDimensions:372 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.1 inPublished:February 6, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521856183

ISBN - 13:9780521856188

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Table of Contents

Prologue; Part I. Letter Manuals and Eighteenth-Century Letteracy: Introduction; 1. Empire of letters; 2. Manual architectonics; Part II. Letter Manuals in Britain and America: Introduction; 3. Secretaries at the turn of the eighteenth century; 4. The complete letter-writers of the middle years; 5. The art of correspondence, 1790-1820; Part III. Secrecy and the Transatlantic Culture of Letters; Introduction; 6. Public and hidden transcripts; 7. From Crevecoeur to Franklin and Mr. Spectator; Bibliography.

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Review of the hardback: 'Not the least merit of Eve Tavor Bannet's groundbreaking book, Empire of Letters, is its critique of the Habermasian division of public and private spheres as it is often understood.' Times Literary Supplement