COMPLETE TITLE: A Course of Lectures on Elocution: Together with Two Dissertations on Language; and Some other Tracts relative to those Subjects. By Thomas Sheridan, A.M.
Printed by W. Strahan, for A. Millar, R. and J. Dodsley, T. Davies, C. Henderson, J. Wilkie, and E. Dilly.
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Urged by a desire to promote a general reform of the English educational system, which, in his view, neglected diction and declamation, in 1762, Thomas Sheridan published Lectures on Elocution, followed by A Plan of Education (1769), Lectures on the Art of Reading (1775) (see), and A General Dictionary of the English Language (1780). In 1770, he also founded in Bath the Academy for the Regular Instruction of Young Gentlemen in the Art of Reading and Reciting and Grammatical Knowledge of the English Tongue. Sheridan believed that the study of diction, which included not only the correct use of voice, but also facial expressions, gestures, posture and movements, helped achieve excellence in all arts.
Second edition: A Course of Lectures on Elocution: Together with Two Dissertations on Language; and Some other Tracts relative to those Subjects. With various Thoughts, and interesting Observations on the present prevailing Mode of Education, occasionally interspersed. By Thomas Sheridan, A.M. The Second Edition. Revised by the Author, Dublin, printed for Samuel Whyte, of the English Grammar School, Grafton-Street; and sold by G. Faulkner, P. Wilson, and W. Smith, 1764.
Third edition "revised by the author": Dublin, printed for Samuel Whyte; and sold by all the Booksellers, 1770.
Between 1781 and 1803 various new editions followed:
- London, printed for J. Dodsley, 1781.
- London, printed for the booksellers, 1796 and 1798.
- Printed at Providence (Rhode-Island), by Carter and Wilkinson, and sold at the Providence Book-Store, opposite the Market, 1796 .
- London, Printed, by Assignment from the Executors of James Dodsley, for C. Dilly; T. N. Longman; Vernor and Hood; J. Walker; C. Law; Lee and Hurst; J. Cuthell; and Lackington, Allen, and Co, 1798.
- Troy [N.Y.], Printed by Obadiah Penniman, 1803.
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Reprints of the first edition:
- Menston, Scolar Press, 1968. (Facsimile)
- New York, Benjamin Blom, 1968. (Facsimile)
- Hildesheim; New York, Olms, 1970. (Anastatic reprint)
Reprint of the Providence edition of 1796: A Course of Lectures on Elocution (1796) by Thomas Sheridan; a photoreproduction with an introduction by Charlotte Downey, Delmar, N.Y., Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, 1991.