COMPLETE: The Turkish Embassy Letters by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu -jo

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Kazbek
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Post by Kazbek » August 25th, 2020, 2:52 pm

The Turkish Embassy Letters (selection) by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 - 1762).

This project is now complete. All audio files can be found on our catalog page here:

https://librivox.org/the-turkish-embassy-letters-selection-by-lady-mary-wortley-montagu/

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (née Pierrepont) was an English aristocrat and woman of letters. In 1716, she accompanied her husband to Vienna, and thence to Adrianople (Edirne) and Constantinople, where he took up his post as the new British ambassador. The couple remained there until 1718. Lady Mary told the story of their voyage in a series of private letters full of vivid descriptions and unconventional commentary. Their posthumous publication in 1763 presented to the public the first secular work written by a European woman about the Muslim Orient. They were praised by Voltaire, and the Scottish author Tobias Smollett opined that they were "never equaled by any letter-writer of any sex, age or nation".

This selection contains sixteen of Lady Mary's Turkish Embassy Letters, as they came to be known, addressed her sister, Lady Mar (letters 1-5, 8, 9, 13, and 16), to Lady Rich (letters 6, 12 and 14), and to Abate Conti (letters 7, 10, 11 and 15). (Summary by Kazbek & Wikipedia)
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      Keywords that describe the book: Constantinople, Islam, Istanbul, Muslim world, Orientalism, Ottoman Empire, Turkey

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Last edited by Kazbek on October 16th, 2020, 5:13 pm, edited 11 times in total.

knotyouraveragejo
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » August 25th, 2020, 8:40 pm

I'll MC this for you, Kazbek. MW will be up shortly.
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Post by Kazbek » August 25th, 2020, 8:53 pm

Thank you, Jo! Great to be working with you on another project. The MW is filled out.

Michael

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Post by NancyChris » August 26th, 2020, 4:05 pm

Hello!
I'm new to the LibriVox family and have read most of the Beginners Information that you've provided.

I would like to read Section 1 on this project. Question: I was scanning the text and noticed a few footnotes. What is the procedure for reading the footnotes? Thanks for your assistance with this.

Please use "NancyChris" as my catalogue name.

What else do you need to know from me?

Thanks,
NancyChris

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Post by Kazbek » August 26th, 2020, 4:17 pm

NancyChris wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Hello!
I'm new to the LibriVox family and have read most of the Beginners Information that you've provided.

I would like to read Section 1 on this project. Question: I was scanning the text and noticed a few footnotes. What is the procedure for reading the footnotes? Thanks for your assistance with this.

Please use "NancyChris" as my catalogue name.

What else do you need to know from me?

Thanks,
NancyChris
Hi NancyChris,

Thanks for volunteering! Unless otherwise specified, readers can decide whether they want to read each particular footnote. If the BC has special instructions about footnotes, they usually put them above the Magic Window. In this case, I'm asking readers not to read the footnotes (because they interrupt the flow of the letters and don't reflect current scholarship). Thanks for checking!

Here's your reader page:

https://librivox.org/reader/14869

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Michael

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Post by Manders375 » August 27th, 2020, 6:51 pm

I'd like to read Section 2, if possible! Thanks! :)
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Post by Kazbek » August 27th, 2020, 7:59 pm

Manders375 wrote:
August 27th, 2020, 6:51 pm
I'd like to read Section 2, if possible! Thanks! :)
Absolutely possible. :D Thanks, Amanda!

Michael

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Post by Kazbek » August 28th, 2020, 5:16 pm

Hi Jo,

If we don't attract a PL volunteer within a couple of days, I'll DPL myself.

Michael

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » August 28th, 2020, 8:31 pm

You can always advertise for a DPL in Listeners Wanted.

https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/ProofListening_Template

One way or the other, I will move the thread to Readers Wanted sometime tomorrow. :)
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Post by EltonTheSnowman » August 29th, 2020, 2:42 am

Hi, I’d like to claim section 3. :)
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Kazbek
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Post by Kazbek » August 29th, 2020, 7:33 am

knotyouraveragejo wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 8:31 pm
You can always advertise for a DPL in Listeners Wanted.

https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/ProofListening_Template

One way or the other, I will move the thread to Readers Wanted sometime tomorrow. :)
Thanks, I know. It's been few years since I read these letters, so I wouldn't mind revisiting them.

Michael

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Post by Kazbek » August 29th, 2020, 7:34 am

EltonTheSnowman wrote:
August 29th, 2020, 2:42 am
Hi, I’d like to claim section 3. :)
Assigned! Thanks, Matea. :)

Michael

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Post by Manders375 » August 31st, 2020, 3:49 pm

Section 2 complete: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/turkishembassyletters_2_wortleymontagu_128kb.mp3
17:30

That was very enjoyable to read! I especially liked her description of the Turkish baths. I'm happy to continue and take Section 4 if that's okay.
Thanks!
Amanda Mehl
"...a magnificent sulphurous conflagration of Promethean flames blazing in his little heart." - Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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Post by Kazbek » August 31st, 2020, 5:00 pm

Manders375 wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 3:49 pm
Section 2 complete: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/turkishembassyletters_2_wortleymontagu_128kb.mp3
17:30

That was very enjoyable to read! I especially liked her description of the Turkish baths. I'm happy to continue and take Section 4 if that's okay.
Thanks!
Thank you, Amanda! I'm glad you liked it. I'll listen to it soon. Section 4 is assigned. :)

Michael

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Post by Kazbek » August 31st, 2020, 9:14 pm

Manders375 wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 3:49 pm
Section 2 complete: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/turkishembassyletters_2_wortleymontagu_128kb.mp3
17:30

That was very enjoyable to read! I especially liked her description of the Turkish baths. I'm happy to continue and take Section 4 if that's okay.
Thanks!
Great reading! PL OK.

Michael

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