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Author Collier, Jane, 1715?-1755.

Title An essay on the art of ingeniously tormenting / Jane Collier ; edited with an introduction and notes by Katherine A. Craik.

Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  824.6 COLLIER    AVAILABLE
Physical description xlv, 111 pages ; 20 cm.
Series Oxford world's classics.
Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page [xl]-xliii).
Contents An essay on the art of tormenting -- Instructions to masters and mistresses, concerning their servants -- To the patronesses of an humble companion -- To parents -- To the husband -- To lovers -- To the wife -- To the friend -- To your good sort of people; being an appendage to the foregoing chapter -- General rules for plaguing all your acquaintance; with the description of a party of pleasure.
Summary "An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting is the first English book on the craft of nagging. A bitingly funny social satire, it is also an advice book, a handbook of anti-etiquette, and comedy of manners. Collier describes methods for 'teasing and mortifying' one's intimates and acquaintances in a variety of social situations by taking advantage of their affections and goodwill. Written primarily for wives, mothers, and the mistresses of servants, The Art suggests the difficulties women experienced exerting their influence in private and public life - and the ways they got round them. In anatomizing the art of emotional abuse, Collier piques readers into acknowledging their own faults, and persuades them that tormenting is a useful skill, even as she censures its effects."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Craik, Katharine A.
Subject Women -- Conduct of life -- Humor -- Early works to 1800.
Interpersonal relations -- Humor -- Early works to 1800.
Conduct of life -- Humor -- Early works to 1800.
ISBN 0192805525 (paperback: alk. paper)