The Turkish Embassy Letters

The Turkish Embassy Letters


By (author) Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Volume editor Malcolm Jack, Introduction by Anita Desai

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  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 27 January 1994
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853816795
  • ISBN 13: 9781853816796
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 83,404

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The critical and biographical introduction tells of Lady Wortley Montagu's travels through Europe to Turkey in 1716, where her husband had been appointed Ambassador. Her lively letters offer insights into the paradoxical freedoms conferred on Muslim women by the veil, the value of experimental work by Turkish doctors on inoculation, and the beauty of Arab poetry and culture. The ability to study another culture according to its own values and to see herself through the eyes of others makes Lady Mary one of the most fascinating of early travel writers and commentators

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's connections with poets such as Pope, Congreve and Addison and with Whig politicians through her father and husband provide a fascinating base for the correspondence.

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Her letters have an immediacy and vivacity that remains as fresh as the mosiacs on the ancient monuments she saw and the eastern gardens that gave her such delight. Anita Desai