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The forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary France, Robert Darnton

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The forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary France
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The forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary France
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Robert Darnton
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Language
eng
Summary
  • What were the ideological origins of the French Revolution? What were the connections between this epochal event and the eighteenth-century revolution in thought, the Enlightenment? How did ideas penetrate politics and society two centuries ago? How does public opinion influence events? To address these big questions in the history of the modern world, the distinguished historian Robert Darnton poses a comparatively small one: What did the French read in the eighteenth century? The answer lies only partially in the canon of the great Enlightenment philosophes: Voltaire, Diderot, Montesquieu, Rousseau. More popular than these works - indeed, the best-sellers of their time - were other books, also banned by the regime, written and sold "under the cloak." These formed a libertine literature that undercut all the orthodox values of the Old Regime
  • Salacious, blasphemous, treasonous, these illegal best-sellers formed a crucial part of the culture of dissent in the Old Regime. They intersected with gossip, rumors, jokes, songs, graffiti, posters, pasquinades, broadsides, letters, and journals, all of which coalesced in a political folklore that powerfully portrayed an illegitimate regime. Events and public opinion compounded each other in an increasingly revolutionary brew
  • Drawing on twenty-five years of research, Darnton reveals the illegal book trade in rich detail. He explores the cultural and political significance of these "bad" books and introduces readers to three of the most influential illegal best-sellers: Therese Philosophe, an anti-clerical blend of sex and metaphysics; L'An 2440, an attack on the Old Regime in the form of a utopian fantasy set in a future Paris; and Anecdotes sur Mme la comtesse du Barry, a deliciously scathing work of political slander with the king as its target. Substantial excerpts from these works, gathered at the end of the book, make excellent reading today and shed light on elements of our own political culture
Cataloging source
DLC
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Darnton, Robert
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ265
LC item number
.D37 1995
Literary form
non fiction
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  • French literature
  • Popular literature
  • Books and reading
  • Best sellers
  • Boekhandel
  • Verboden boeken
  • Best sellers
  • Books and reading
  • French literature
  • Popular literature
  • Verboden boeken
  • Boekhandel
  • Verbotenes Buch
  • Geschichte 1769-1789
  • Untergrundliteratur
  • Trivialliteratur
  • Geschichte 1770-1789
  • France
  • Frankreich
  • Französisch
Label
The forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary France, Robert Darnton
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Forbidden Literature and the Literary Market. 1. Philosophy Under the Cloak. 2. Best-Sellers -- II. Key Texts. 3. Philosophical Pornography. 4. Utopian Fantasy. 5. Political Slander -- III. Do Books Cause Revolutions? 6. Diffusion vs. Discourse. 7. Communication Networks. 8. The History of Political Libel. 9. Reader Response. 10. Public Opinion -- IV. "Philosophical Books": A Short Anthology. Therese Philosophe, ou memoires pour servir a l'histoire du P. Dirrag et de Mlle Eradice (Therese Philosophe, Or, Memoirs About the Affair Between Father Dirrag and Mademoiselle Eradice). L'An deux mille quatre cent quarante, reve s'il en fut jamais (The Year 2440: A Dream If Ever There Was One). "Amsterdam, 1771" / Louis-Sebastien Mercier. Anecdotes sur Mme la comtesse du Barry (Anecdotes About Mme la comtesse du Barry)
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 440 pages
Isbn
9780393037203
Lccn
94024180
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31331727
  • (OCoLC)ocm31331727
Label
The forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary France, Robert Darnton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Forbidden Literature and the Literary Market. 1. Philosophy Under the Cloak. 2. Best-Sellers -- II. Key Texts. 3. Philosophical Pornography. 4. Utopian Fantasy. 5. Political Slander -- III. Do Books Cause Revolutions? 6. Diffusion vs. Discourse. 7. Communication Networks. 8. The History of Political Libel. 9. Reader Response. 10. Public Opinion -- IV. "Philosophical Books": A Short Anthology. Therese Philosophe, ou memoires pour servir a l'histoire du P. Dirrag et de Mlle Eradice (Therese Philosophe, Or, Memoirs About the Affair Between Father Dirrag and Mademoiselle Eradice). L'An deux mille quatre cent quarante, reve s'il en fut jamais (The Year 2440: A Dream If Ever There Was One). "Amsterdam, 1771" / Louis-Sebastien Mercier. Anecdotes sur Mme la comtesse du Barry (Anecdotes About Mme la comtesse du Barry)
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 440 pages
Isbn
9780393037203
Lccn
94024180
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31331727
  • (OCoLC)ocm31331727

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