The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France by Robert Darnton

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Exploring the cultural and political significance of forbidden books in France, a historian considers the ideological origins of the Revolution and its connections with the Enlightenment by examining what the French read in the eighteenth century--with substantial excerpts included.
 

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Robert Darnton is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and the director of the University Library at Harvard University. His honors include a MacArthur Prize, the National Humanities Medal, and election to the French Legion of Honor. He is the author of The Great Cat Massacre and The Forbidden Bestsellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
 
Published March 1, 1995 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 440 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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In this NBCC finalist, cultural historian Darnton examines subversive French works of the 1780s, arguing that these underground books were as influential as more classic Enlightenment fare.

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More specialized than The Great Cat Massacre, Darnton's latest still cogently demonstrates through tables, case studies, analysis and anecdotes just how different the pre-Revolutionary French were from postmodern Americans.

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