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Great Cat Massacre And Other Episodes in French Cultural History

ISBN-10: 0465012744
ISBN-13: 9780465012749
Edition: 2009
Authors: Robert Darnton
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 5/12/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.81" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730s held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomime some twenty times? Why in the eighteenth-century version ofLittle Red Riding Hooddid the wolf eat the child at the end? What did the anonymous townsman of Montpelier have in mind when he kept an exhaustive dossier on all the activities of his native city? These are some of the provocative questions Robert Darnton answers in this classic work of European history in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment."

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.

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