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Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M—y W—y M—e Written during Her Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa to Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters, &c. in Different Parts of Europe   By: (1689-1762)

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Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M—y W—y M—e Written during Her Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa to Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters, &c. in Different Parts of Europe is a captivating collection of travel letters written by the eloquent and insightful Mary Wortley Montagu. Her extensive travels throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa lend a unique perspective to this book, providing readers with a glimpse into the realities of various cultures and societies.

Montagu's writing style is incredibly engaging and vibrant, transporting readers to the places she visited and introducing them to the people she encountered. Her descriptive language paints vivid pictures of bustling marketplaces, opulent palaces, and breathtaking landscapes. Through her letters, readers can almost taste the exotic cuisines, smell the aromatic spices, and feel the vibrant energy of each location.

What truly sets this book apart is Montagu's keen observations and discussions of the social and cultural norms of the places she visited. She delves into the customs, traditions, and etiquette of each culture, offering valuable insights into the lives of both the elite and the ordinary citizens. Montagu's ability to navigate these societies with grace and curiosity, forming genuine connections with people from all walks of life, is truly admirable.

Furthermore, Montagu's letters extend beyond mere descriptions of her travels. She engages in intellectual discussions with renowned scholars and writers, providing readers with a glimpse into the intellectual circles of the time. Her letters showcase her brilliance, sophistication, and wit, making this book an enlightening read on multiple levels.

Although the book is composed of letters, Montagu's narrative structure and the thematic coherence it achieves make it feel like a cohesive memoir. Each letter seamlessly transitions from one topic or location to the next, creating a well-paced and engaging narrative that keeps readers invested from start to finish.

If there is any criticism to be offered, it would be the occasional inclusion of overly flowery and florid language, which may feel excessive to some readers. Additionally, some readers craving a more linear or chronological account of Montagu's travels may find the structure of the book slightly disorienting at times.

In conclusion, Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M—y W—y M—e is an enthralling and illuminating read. Mary Wortley Montagu's exceptional writing, compelling observations, and remarkable experiences make this book a valuable addition to any library. It is a testament to the power of travel and the importance of embracing different cultures and perspectives. Whether you are a lover of history, travel, or simply a great story, this book is bound to captivate and inspire you.

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LADY M Y W Y M E

E text prepared by Desmond Grocott

LETTERS

OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

Lady M y W y M e;

WRITTEN DURING HER TRAVELS IN EUROPE, ASIA, AND AFRICA,

TO

Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters, &c. in different PARTS of EUROPE.

Which contain, among other curious Relations, ACCOUNTS of the POLICY and MANNERS of the TURKS.

Drawn from Sources that have been inaccessible to other Travellers.

A NEW EDITION, COMPLETE IN ONE VOLUME.

LONDON; PRINTED FOR THOMAS MARTIN,

M.DCC.XC.

PREFACE,

BY A L A D Y.

WRITTEN IN 1724.

I WAS going, like common editors, to advertise the reader of the beauties and excellencies of the work laid before him: To tell him, that the illustrious author had opportunities that other travellers, whatever their quality or curiosity may have been, cannot obtain; and a genius capable of making the best improvement of every opportunity. But if the reader, after perusing one letter only has not discernment to distinguish that natural elegance, that delicacy of sentiment and observation, that easy gracefulness, and lovely simplicity, (which is the perfection of writing) and in which these Letters exceed all that has appeared in this kind, or almost in any other, let him lay the book down, and leave it to those who have... Continue reading book >>




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