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

ISBN : 9780195144512

Robert Darnton
336 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
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Based on decades of original research, an account of books and bookselling in a country on the brink of revolution.


Introduction: Before Balzac
1. Our man on Mission
2. The View from the Home Office
3. Smuggling: Pontarlier
4. Sizing up Shops: Lons-le-Saunier
5. Selling Books, Collecting Bills: Bourg-en-Bresse
6. Entrepreneurs and Buccaneers: Lyon
7. Domestic Contraband: Lyon
8. The Trade in Trading: Avignon
9. The Struggle for Survival in the South: Nimes, Montpellier, Marseille
10. Hard Scrabble in the Southwest: Pezenas to Poitiers
11. Peddling and the Capillary System: Loudun
12. Upmarket and Downmarket in France's Homeland: Saumur to Dijon
13. An Ultimate Example: Besancon
14. The End of the Line: An Overview of the Demand for Literature
15. Lived Literature
16. Acknowledgments

About the author: 

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Emeritus, and University Librarian, Emeritus at 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.

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