- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised ed. edition (September 4, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140138196
- ISBN-13: 978-0140138191
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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English Society in the Eighteenth Century, Second Edition (The Penguin Social History of Britain) Revised ed. Edition
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Vivid, witty, and entertaining....easily the best general account of eighteenth-century society that we have. --New York Review of Books
A brilliant work....Porter s picture of eighteenth-century England is boldly drawn....He ranges far and wide, from princes and paupers and from the metropolis to the smallest hamlet. Stay-making and corsetry, prisons, rural festivals, diet and housing, bordellos and sex therapists...paintings and plays, work and wages, balloons and bastady are only a fraction of the topics covered by this breathtaking narrative....No one will fail to learn much from Porter s bustling book. --London Review of Books
Offers a succession of vivid images of thought, politics, work culture, deviance, sex-life and smell of eighteenth-century Englishmen....it is the gusto, the vigor and the fun that make this book. --Sunday Times
Covers a vast area of historical scholarship, both traditional and contemporary....His writing glows...and positively crackles when expressing the vigor and zest of what has been rightly called the age of exuberance. --Times Literary Supplement
Porter bowls through eighteenth-century society with the brash confidence of the rubicund tradesman whose world he recaptures so well, deploying formidable erudition, vigorous ideas and skillful expression to provide a book which should inform, arouse and provoke. --New Statesman --. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Roy Porter was, until his retirement, Professor in the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. He died in 2002.
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Several of the reviewers seem to have read this work as a classroom assignment, their first exposure to Eighteenth Century England beyond Hollywood (for at least one reviewer). For such, this book is probably just the ticket. Those looking for more depth and less anecdote will need to turn elsewhere.
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