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Galateo - Or, The Rules of Polite Behavior
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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 translator, professor, and writer. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and Florence, Italy.

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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) "A delightful new translation." (Stephen Greenblatt, New York Review of Books) "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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