The Age of Conversation

The Age of Conversation
ISBN10: 1590171411
Pages: 475
Published: June 30th 2005 by New York Review Books
Goodreads Rating: 3.89
Genre: History
ISBN13: 9781590171417
Language English
Author: Benedetta Craveri

Here, in the first English edition of Benedetta Craveri's recent scholarly study, "Civilt della conversazione," he describes the world of women and French salons in the 17th and 18th centuries. Salons brought together not only intellectuals (Voltaire was a frequent and much sought-after guest) and socialites, but also members of the political and military worlds. The salons allowed differences between these various powerful sectors to be resolved through the art of conversation rather than through the art of war. This book describes in nonacademic writing the women and the salons, the guests, the conversations, and the political and social environments of the ancien rigime.

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