A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.1 X 1.1 X 9.3 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Emeritu of Harvard University, and is the author of The Great Cat Massacre and others. His website offers a digital tour of the research that went into the making of this book.


"A Literary Tour de France is a fascinating book, packed with information, and like a good historian Robert Darnton knows how to tell a story" -- Jim Burns, The Penniless Press

"a delight to read, quirky in its observations and pointed in relating them to the wider picture." -- David Coward, Times Literary Supplement

"This book and especially its accompanying website bring to life some of the important intermediaries in the pre-revolutionary book trade." -- Christine Haynes, H-France Review

"[A] rich and textured account of how and what many French people were able to read in the decades before the upheaval of 1789."--Roxanne Ranchasi, New Books Network

"Thoughtful and well-researched..."--Kirkus Reviews

"Deftly written, this thoughtful and well-researched work will appeal to a wide variety of readers; scholars and casual fans of printing history will enjoy this insider's look that is both informative and entertaining."--Ali Houissa, Library Journal