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By Hugh Blair

This new version of Hugh Blair’s Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, edited by means of Linda Ferreira-Buckley and S. Michael Halloran, solutions the necessity for a whole, trustworthy textual content. The e-book seeks to generate a renewed curiosity in Blair through frightening new inquiries into the culture of belletristic rhetoric and by way of serving as either reduction and incentive to others who could take part the venture of bettering realizing of this landmark rhetorical scholarship.


This edition contains forty-seven lectures and is still devoted to the textual content of the 1785 London version. The editors contextualize Hugh Blair’s motivations and considering by means of supplying of their creation a longer account of Blair’s lifestyles and period. The bibliography of works by means of and approximately Blair is a useful relief, surpassing past examine on Blair. 


Although the level of its effect can't be measured totally, Blair’s Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres was definitely a main car for introducing many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century students to classical rhetoric and French belletristic rhetoric—its good fortune due partly to the benefit with which the lectures mix neoclassical and Enlightenment proposal, accommodating rising social matters. Ferreira-Buckley and Halloran’s huge therapy revives the culture of belletristic rhetoric, enhancing the knowledge of Blair’s position within the research of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century discourse, whereas discovering him appropriate within the twenty-first century.

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