Conversation, A complete Collection of polite and ingenious

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By Swift, published 1738.

In this entertaining work Swift good‐humouredly satirizes the stupidity, coarseness, and attempted wit of the conversation of fashionable people. In three dialogues he puts into the mouths of various characters samples of questions and answers, proverbial sayings, and repartees, fitted ‘to adorn every kind of discourse that an assembly of English ladies and gentlemen, met together for their mutual entertainment, can possibly want’. The work was published under the pseudonym of ‘Simon Wagstaff, Esq.’

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