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Warm & Snug: The History of the Bed (Sutton History Classics) Paperback – September 25, 2004


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  • Series: Sutton History Classics
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (September 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750937289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750937283
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawrence Wright was a well-known architectural painter and he exhibited paintings, etchings and perspectives of contemporary buildings for many years at the Royal Academy and at the Guildhall Art Gallery. He was also a designer of historical exhibitions and from these developed his books, Warm and Snug, Clean and Decent (a history of the bathroom and water closet) and Home Fires Burning, a history.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charles L. Felsenthal on September 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Though it seems to have been well researched, this is not a scholarly work, at least not the usual kind. It is, rather, an informative, offbeat, and (at least to my mind) very funny account of humankind's efforts over the centuries to get a decent night's sleep. The arrangements, contraptions, and methods employed have been astonishingly varied and mostly unsatisfactory. Mr. Wright (a onetime R.A.F officer as I recall) is a graceful and witty writer, joining a somewhat Will Cuppy-ish sensibility to a smooth and civilized style. This has been for many years one of my favorite books (in the 1962 Routledge & Kegan Paul hardcover edition), and I'm delighted to see it back in print.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shawn on September 21, 2010
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I don't know what type or sort of person would enjoy this book, but I certainly did.

This is fun history: entirely factual, quirky, and fast paced. I say that last as an approving nod to Wright, who adeptly breaks the book up into easy to digest pieces.
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