Volcanic: Vesuvius in the Age of Revolutions

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Yale University Press
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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.9 inches | 1.95 pounds

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About the Author
John Brewer is emeritus professor of humanities and social sciences at the California Institute of Technology and a faculty associate of the Harvard University History Department. His books include Pleasures of the Imagination, which won the Wolfson History Prize and was shortlisted for the National Book Awards.
"Brewer offers a series of lively pen portraits, interspersed with sociological sketches and glimpses of politics, science, painting, antiquarianism and more. . . . An extremely learned and companionable guide."--Seamus Perry, Literary Review

"This is an exceptional book, a master class of historical writing, imagination and insight."--John A. Davis, author of Naples and Napoleon

"Vesuvius was a dramatic natural curiosity few travellers engaged in the Grand Tour could resist. By tracing the steps of visitors, guides and naturalists, Brewer writes a fascinating history of marvel and knowledge, strong emotions and leisure."--Pietro Corsi, author of Science and Religion

"In Volcanic, John Brewer animates the Vesuvius of the Romantic era, from the tourist throngs and guides who made the volcano their business, to the movers, shakers, savants and scientists whose works and lives intersected around this grand, natural laboratory. This is a rich, entertaining and illuminating account of the cultural milieu of continental Europe's liveliest volcano."--David Pyle, author of Volcano: Encounters Through the Ages

"In this magnetic, densely populated, account of Vesuvius, Brewer moves at ease between the intensely close-focus and the universal. The volcano, nerve-wracking yet thrilling in its unpredictability, mesmerised individuals and even mirrored political reverberations in Europe and beyond. Brewer has captured Vesuvius in its Romantic entirety: he has written a remarkable book."--Gillian Darley, author of Vesuvius: The Most Famous Volcano in the World