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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.

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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.


"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 "

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