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The Age of Conversation


Now in paperback, an award-winning look at French salons and the women who presided over them In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, between the reign of Louis XIII and the Revolution, French aristocratic society developed an art of living based on a refined code of good manners. Conversation, which began as a way of passing time, eventually became the central ritual of social life. In the salons, freed from the rigidity of court life, it was women who dictated the rules and presided over exchanges among socialites ...

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The Age of Conversation
2006, New York Review of Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9781590172148

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The Age of Conversation
2005, New York Review of Books

ISBN-13: 9781590171417


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