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The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France 3/18/96 Edition

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More popular than the canon of the great Enlightenment philosophers were other books, also banned by the regime, written and sold "under the cloak." These formed a libertine literature that was a crucial part of the culture of dissent in the Old Regime. Robert Darnton explores the cultural and political significance of these "bad" books and introduces readers to three of the most influential illegal best-sellers, from which he includes substantial excerpts. Winner of the 1995 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

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In this NBCC finalist, cultural historian Darnton examines subversive French works of the 1780s, arguing that these underground books were as influential as more classic Enlightenment fare.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
  • Paperback : 465 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0393314421
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393314427
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.17 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 3/18/96 edition (April 17, 1996)
  • Language: : English
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