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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.

Historic Art Gallery 'Pope Makes Love to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1852' by William Powell Frith Framed Painting Print

Historic Art Gallery 'Pope Makes Love to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1852' by William Powell Frith Framed Painting Print

Historic Art Gallery 'Pope Makes Love to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1852' by William Powell Frith Framed Painting Print

Lady Mary Montagu-Stuart-Wortley, 1940

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (15 May 1689 – 21 August 1762) was an English aristocrat and writer. Montagu is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from Turkey, as wife to the British ambassador, which have been described by Billie Melman as “the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient”.

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Mary Wortley Montagu with her son Edward, by Jean-Baptiste van Mour. During Lady Mary's time in the Ottoman Empire she sent letters to Englad describing in great detail the clothing worn their.

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