This satire offers an update of Jane Collier’s “An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting,” an instruction manual for sadists. It includes. An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting by Jane. Collier (review). Melvyn New. The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats, Volume 40, Numbers , Autumn. Wickedly funny and bitingly satirical, The Art is a comedy of manners that gives insights into eighteenth-century behavior as well as the timeless art of emotional .

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The Essay is modelled on Jonathan Swift ‘s satire Instructions to Servantsand even mentions Swift directly, [6] but Collier reverses the roles in Swift’s satire and instead writes from a servant’s perspective in the first book.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I especially appreciate Collier’s creative and vivid vocab; according to Audrey Bilger’s introduction, Collier’s essay is cited 64 times in the OED. Selected Poetry Oxford World’s Classics. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

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See all customer images. It is also an advice book, a handbook of anti-etiquette, and a comedy of manners. She also collaborated with Sarah Fielding on her only other surviving work The Cry English Choose a language for shopping. It was ah after Jonathan Swift ‘s satirical essays, and is intended to “teach” a reader the various methods for “teasing and mortifying” one’s acquaintances.

To wives, she tells esssay to “Be out of humour when your husband brings company home: Collier’s use of humour is morally ambiguous, and is at the crux of my uncertain feelings towards this book. A hte satire that was originally published anonymously Broadview Press; 1 edition January 1, Language: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The conditions were not suitable, and she became the governess for Samuel Richardson ‘s daughter, Patty, by This suggests that Cellier may have trained with a senior midwife with whom she would have read the central texts.


Withoutabox Submit ingeniouzly Film Festivals. She begins her work with an actual “Essay on the Art of Tormenting” that serves as an introduction, before dividing the book into two parts.

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Work remains to be done on how much of her history of sssay or her model for a college derives from male-authored works. No trivia or quizzes yet. Although the work was written by Jane Collier, there are speculations as to who may have helped contribute to the content and style of the work, ranging from friends to fellow writers such as Sarah FieldingSamuel Richardson and James Harris.

Both theft and murder are forbidden by God himself: Unfortunatelygiven the landscape of our era, such evaluative clouds are nowhere on the horizon and this edition of Collier is merely symptomatic and certainly not the unique culprit.

An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting

There was only one edition printed during Collier’s life, but there were many subsequent revisions and republications of the work. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. I stumbled across an old copy of this at my school library during college.


As such, The Art provides a fascinating glimpse into eighteenth-century daily life. Add both to Cart Add both to List. But her version of the tale is entirely personal, adding extra essa that reflect her own life.

Emily B rated it it was amazing Mar 20, She is the author of Laughing Feminism: And, it’s written by a woman which is pretty rad given the time and content. Non-students who love English whimsy should find oh-so much pleasure in this skittish little essay.

This is probably one of the better books I’ve had to read for my eighteenth-century lit course — and some biting satire was an especially welcome respite after all that dreadful sentimental literature. I bought ingehiously book initially as a joke for my gi An enjoyable satirical novel that captures the late 18th century Zeitgeist. Don’t have a Kindle? During her life, she was able to meet and work with many famous writers of her day. As a general rule, the narrator says, “By all means avoid an evenness of behaviour.

Her tone is more schoolmarmish than Swift, of course, and her style more a pleasant twosome with Sarah Fielding her contemporary and Jane Austen her predecessor. PaperbackOxford World’s Classicspages.

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