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The Smart Set Correspondence & Conversations   By: (1865-1909)

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"The Smart Set Correspondence & Conversations" by Clyde Fitch is a captivating collection of letters and conversations that offers readers a rare glimpse into the intellectual and cultural milieu of the early 20th century. Through this compilation, Fitch takes us on a literary journey, introducing us to a diverse group of luminaries from various artistic and intellectual circles.

One of the most notable aspects of this book is its ability to transport readers to a different time and place. Fitch's meticulous curation of letters and conversations allows us to eavesdrop on the intimate exchanges between influential figures such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Mark Twain. It is within these pages that we witness the brilliance of these minds unfold, and their thoughts on art, literature, and society become accessible to us.

The book's structure contributes to its readability and allows readers to navigate this treasure trove of correspondences with ease. Each chapter provides a concise introduction to the personalities involved, giving context and setting the stage for the ensuing letters and conversations. Fitch's commentary throughout the book further enhances the reading experience, offering insightful observations and commentary that help to frame the discussions.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its ability to showcase the various perspectives of the era. Fitch's selection of correspondences not only includes renowned thinkers but also shines a light on lesser-known individuals who played significant roles in shaping the intellectual landscape. This diversity offers readers a comprehensive understanding of the time and the contentious debates that were taking place.

Furthermore, "The Smart Set Correspondence & Conversations" offers a glimpse into the personal lives and struggles of these great minds. Fitch's inclusion of letters discussing personal matters, love, loss, and the ups and downs of their careers, allows readers to see beyond the lofty intellectual personas and witness the vulnerable and human side of these luminaries.

While the book is undoubtedly a fascinating read, it may not be suitable for those seeking a traditional narrative structure or a linear progression of ideas. Instead, Fitch's collection is more like a mosaic of thoughts and conversations, inviting readers to engage with the ideas presented and explore the intersections between various themes and perspectives.

In conclusion, "The Smart Set Correspondence & Conversations" is an exceptional compilation of letters and conversations that will captivate both scholars and casual readers alike. Clyde Fitch's skillful curation and insightful commentary allow us to immerse ourselves in the intellectual and cultural world of a bygone era. This book reveals the interplay of ideas and personalities that shaped the artistic and intellectual landscape of the early 20th century.

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THE SMART SET

Correspondence & Conversations

by

CLYDE FITCH

1897

Chicago & New York Herbert S. Stone & Co

Copyright, 1897, by Herbert S. Stone & Co.

TO

"MUMSY"

TO WHOM I OWE EVERYTHING FROM THE LITTLE BEGINNING OF MY LIFE

NEW YORK 1897

The Correspondence and the Conversations

PAGE

THE MAKEWAY BALL 3

THE PLAINTIFF 43

THE SUMMER 53

THE CHILDREN 65

MATERNITY 85

A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION 105

WAGNER, 1897 113

ART 131

SORROW 139

THE THEATRE 149

THE OPERA 159

A PERFECT DAY 167

THE WESTINGTON'S BOHEMIAN DINNER 175

THE GAMBLERS 187

The Makeway Ball

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