The Resource Conversation : a history of a declining art, Stephen Miller

Conversation : a history of a declining art, Stephen Miller

Label
Conversation : a history of a declining art
Title
Conversation
Title remainder
a history of a declining art
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Miller
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Essayist Stephen Miller pursues a lifelong interest in conversation by taking an historical and philosophical view of the subject. He chronicles the art of conversation in Western civilization from its beginnings in ancient Greece to its apex in eighteenth-century Britain to its current endangered state in America. As Harry G. Frankfurt brought wide attention to the art of verbiage in his recent bestselling "On Bullshit", so Miller now brings the art of conversation into the light, revealing why good conversation matters and why it is in decline. Miller explores the conversation about conversation among such great writers as Cicero, Montaigne, Swift, Defoe, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and Virginia Woolf. He focuses on the world of British coffeehouses and clubs in 'The Age of Conversation', and examines how this era ended. Turning his attention to the United States, the author traces a prolonged decline in the theory and practice of conversation from Benjamin Franklin through Hemingway to Dick Cheney. He cites our technology (iPods, cell phones, and video games) and our insistence on unguarded forthrightness as well as our fear of being judgemental as powerful forces that are likely to diminish the art of conversation
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
302.3/46
Index
index present
LC call number
P95.45
LC item number
.M54 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Conversation : a history of a declining art, Stephen Miller
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-328) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Conversation and its discontents -- Ancient conversation : from the Book of Job to Plato's Symposium -- Three factors affecting conversation : religion, commerce, women -- The age of conservation : Eighteenth-century Britain -- Samuel Johnson : a conversational triumph; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu : conversation lost -- Conversation in decline : from raillery to reverie -- Conversation in America : from Benjamin Franklin to Dale Carnegie -- Modern enemies of conversation : from countercultural theorists to "white Negroes" -- The ways we don't converse now -- The end of conversation?
Control code
ocn130069681
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 336 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300130188
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • c60a2168-86b8-4eee-aa48-e6b4cc1c9c2d
  • 22573/ctt114shv
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b24280379
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)130069681
  • sks030013018X

Library Locations

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      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
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