Letter-writing Manuals and Instruction from Antiquity to the Present: Historical and Bibliographic Studies

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Carol Poster, Linda C. Mitchell
Univ of South Carolina Press, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 346 pages
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Once nearly as ubiquitous as dictionaries and cookbooks are today, letter-writing manuals and their predecessors served to instruct individuals not only on the art of letter composition but also, in effect, on personal conduct. Poster and Mitchell contend that the study of letter-writing theory, which bridges rhetorical theory and grammatical studies, represents an emerging discipline in need of definition. In this volume, they gather the contributions of eleven experts to sketch the contours of epistolary theory and collect the historic and bibliographic materials - from Isocrates to email - that form the basis for its study.
 

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Contents

Classical Epistolary Theory and the Letters of Isocrates
7
Epistolary Theory in GrecoRoman Antiquity
21
The Ars dictaminis the Formulary and Medieval Epistolary Practice
52
If You Cant Join Them Beat Them or When Grammar Met Business Writing
67
Renaissance LetterWriting
88
Dictamen in England 15001700
102
Letter Writing and Vernacular Literacy in SixteenthCentury England
127
Erasmuss Opus de conscribendis epistolis
141
LetterWriting Instruction Manuals in Seventeenth
178
Vestiges of Letter Writing in Composition Textbooks 18501914
200
Select Bibliography of Ancient LetterWriting Collections
245
A Bibliography of Medieval Latin Dictamen
285
Bibliography of Dictamen in England 15001700
301
Bibliography of NineteenthCentury LetterWriting Manuals
319
Contributors
337
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About the author (2007)

Poster is assistant professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa.

Linda C. Mitchell teaches English at San Jose State University and is the author of "Grammar Wars: Language as Cultural Battlefield in 17th and 18th Century England". Susan Green is the editor of the "Huntington Library Quarterly.

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