This satire offers an update of Jane Collier’s “An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting,” an instruction manual for sadists. It includes. An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting by Jane. Collier (review). Melvyn New. The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats, Volume 40, Numbers , Autumn. Wickedly funny and bitingly satirical, The Art is a comedy of manners that gives insights into eighteenth-century behavior as well as the timeless art of emotional .

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An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting

The first edition was printed by Richardson for Andrew Millar in Written primarily for wives, mothers, and the mistresses of servants, it suggests the difficulties women experienced exerting their influence in private and public life–and the ways they got round them. It is also an advice book, a handbook of anti-etiquette, and a comedy of manners.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Showing of 2 reviews. Those fond of Austen’s pin-sharp and eloquent wit will find Collier’s whimsy rather amusing. She is the author of Atr Feminism: The book arrived in superb condition!

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Essah of her essqy had only good things to say about the work. At the risk of tormenting those ingeniouly to her revival, I would suggest that we now have more than enough editions of this work and a moratorium of perhaps half a century might be in order. After her death, Richardson wrote to Sarah Fielding: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The conditions were not suitable, and she became the governess for Zrt Richardson ‘s daughter, Patty, by To the master and mistresses, the narrator claims that “you are no true lover of the noble game of Tormenting, if a good dinner, or any other convenience or enjoyment, can give you half the pleasure, as the teasing and mortifying a good industrious servant, who has done her very best to please you.

Non-students who love English whimsy should find oh-so much pleasure in this skittish little essay. A guide to annoying everyone from your servant to your spouse written in the mid 18th century. John Thomas Lawler rated it it was amazing Oct 28, A nice manual on how to be an asshole.

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The exact date of her death is not known, but her death took place in London before the end of March. Part the First is divided into four sections: The Essay was Collier’s first work, and operates as a satirical advice book on how to nag.


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Although Collier’s satire is repetitious and tiresome by today’s standards the book is a one-joke rant and has obvious modern successorsit does serve to highlight the sheer disunion between most groups of late 18th century society.

Books by Jane Collier. Customers who bought this item also bought. Rent from DeepDyve Recommend. This is probably one of inggeniously better books I’ve had to read for my eighteenth-century lit course — and some biting satire was an especially welcome respite after all that dreadful sentimental literature.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. One would prefer, therefore, an introduction that might acknowledge that we are not in the presence here of the accomplished novelists, much less of the satirists like Pope and Swift. Broadview Press; 1 edition January 1, Language: May 14, Bekah rated it it was amazing.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. I would recommend this essay to anyone who enjoys literature from this time period who is looking for a cheeky and bitingly funny read.

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