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Galateo
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"Since it is the case that you are now just beginning that journey that I have for the most part as you see completed, that is, the one through mortal life, and loving you so very much as I do, I have proposed to myself - as one who has been many places - to show you those places in life where, walking through them, I fear you could easily either fall or take the wrong direction." So begins "Galateo", a treatise on polite behavior written by Giovanni Della Casa (1503-56) for the benefit of his nephew, a young Florentine destined for greatness. In the voice of a cranky yet genial old uncle, Della Casa offers the distillation of what he has learned over a lifetime of public service as diplomat and papal nuncio. As relevant today as it was in Renaissance Italy, Galateo deals with subjects as varied as dress codes, charming conversation and off-color jokes, eating habits and hairstyles, and literary language. In its time, Galateo circulated as widely as Machiavelli's Prince and Castiglione's "Book of the Courtier". Mirroring what Machiavelli did for promoting political behavior, and what Castiglione did for behavior at court, Della Casa here creates a picture of the refined man caught in a world in which embarrassment and vulgarity prevail. Less a treatise promoting courtly values or a manual of savior faire, it is rather a meditation on conformity and the law, on perfection and rules, but also an exasperated-often theatrical-reaction to the diverse ways in which people make fools of themselves in everyday social situations. With renewed interest in etiquette and polite behavior growing both inside and outside the academy, the time is right for a new, definitive edition of this book. More than a mere etiquette book, this restored edition will be entertaining (and even useful) for anyone making their way in modern civilized and polite society, and a subtle gift for the rude neighbor, the thoughtless dinner guest, or the friend or relative in need of a refresher on proper behavior.
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Table of Contents

Ways we enjoy one another, and irk one another, especially in conversation; Dressing for success; How to spoil a conversation; On those prim and ladylike men; Keep your dreams to yourself; Three kinds of compliment-why not to extend them; Why imported Spanish affectation is particularly vapid; Comic talent: those who are funny and those who try to be; Bad table manners and getting knee-walking drunk.

About the Author

Giovanni Della Casa (1503-56) was a celebrated Italian writer and diplomat whose works in Latin and Italian spread across a stunning range of poetic and prose genres. M. F. Rusnak is a lecturer in Italian at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and professor of English and Italian at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania.

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"["Galateo"] holds an important place in the long and rich history of etiquette books."--Judith Martin "New York Times Book Review " ""Galateo" holds an important place in the long and rich history of etiquette books."--Judith Martin "New York Times Book Review " "A delightful new translation."--Stephen Greenblatt "New York Review of Books " "Recommended."--D. Stewart, Ohio University "Choice " "Galateo" holds an important place in the long and rich history of etiquette books. --Judith Martin "New York Times Book Review "" Throughout, the book reveals a sophisticated understanding of human sensitivity, of our deep-rooted hunger for respect. . . . In its brevity, "Galateo" can almost be viewed as a kind of Renaissance "Elements of Style," with the understanding that style here means courteous behavior. Rusnak s introductory essay, copious notes, and bibliography usefully fill out some of the book s historical context. But the counsel itself remains timeless. --Michael Dirda "Washington Post "" A delightful new translation. --Stephen Greenblatt "New York Review of Books "" Recommended. --D. Stewart, Ohio University "Choice "" "Throughout, the book reveals a sophisticated understanding of human sensitivity, of our deep-rooted hunger for respect. . . . In its brevity, Galateo can almost be viewed as a kind of Renaissance Elements of Style, with the understanding that 'style' here means courteous behavior. Rusnak's introductory essay, copious notes, and bibliography usefully fill out some of the book's historical context. But the counsel itself remains timeless."--Michael Dirda "Washington Post " "Galateo holds an important place in the long and rich history of etiquette books."--Judith Martin "New York Times Book Review "

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