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This new version of Hugh Blair’s Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, edited through Linda Ferreira-Buckley and S. Michael Halloran, solutions the necessity for a whole, trustworthy textual content. The ebook seeks to generate a renewed curiosity in Blair by means of frightening new inquiries into the culture of belletristic rhetoric and through serving as either reduction and incentive to others who might take part the undertaking of enhancing figuring out of this landmark rhetorical scholarship. This variation includes forty-seven lectures and is still devoted to the textual content of the 1785 London version. The editors contextualize Hugh Blair’s motivations and pondering by way of delivering of their advent a longer account of Blair’s lifestyles and period. The bibliography of works via and approximately Blair is a useful relief, surpassing past learn on Blair.             Although the level of its effect can't be measured totally, Blair’s Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres used to be definitely a prime automobile for introducing many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century students to classical rhetoric and French belletristic rhetoric—its good fortune due partly to the convenience with which the lectures mix neoclassical and Enlightenment idea, accommodating rising social issues. Ferreira-Buckley and Halloran’s broad remedy revives the culture of belletristic rhetoric, bettering the certainty of Blair’s position within the examine of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century discourse, whereas discovering him proper within the twenty-first century.

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In the language even of rude uncultivated tribes, we can trace some attention to the grace and force of those expressions which they used, when they sought to persuade or to affect. They were early sensible of a beauty in discourse, and endeavoured to give it certain decorations, which experience had taught them it was capable of receiving, long before the study of those decorations was formed into a regular art. But, among nations in a civilized state, no art has been cultivated »vith more care, than that of language, style, and composition.

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