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Polite Conversation

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A companion piece to the popular Directions to Servants, Polite Conversation is a witty, brilliantly conceived treatise on manners and small talk from the master of English satire. Beginning with an "expert" introduction to the perils of ill-educated discourse, Swift seeks to offer a remedy for conversational disasters. His aim: to ensure one is always equipped with the correct response, no matter the situation, and the means with which to stoke up conversation when it lapses into awkward silence. To prove his theses, he then proffers three mock dialogues, citing the drawing room as the most suitable place to display the art of elegant and polite conversation. The result is a hilarious and deeply ironic analysis that is as relevant today as when it was first conceived.

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Hardback Editions

December 1963 : UK Hardback

Title: Polite Conversation
Author(s): Jonathan Swift, Eric Partridge
ISBN: 0-233-95663-8 / 978-0-233-95663-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : UK Paperback

Title: Polite Conversation: In Three Dialogues (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Jonathan Swift
ISBN: 1-332-22449-0 / 978-1-332-22449-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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July 2011 : USA Paperback

Title: Polite Conversation
Author(s): Jonathan Swift
ISBN: 1-173-34401-2 / 978-1-173-34401-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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March 2007 : UK Paperback

Title: Polite Conversation (Hesperus Classics)
Author(s): Jonathan Swift, Toby Litt (foreword)
ISBN: 1-84391-147-7 / 978-1-84391-147-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
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