The Kiss of Lamourette

Reflections in Cultural History

Robert Darnton (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

“Learned and lively essays. . . . Each subject [Darnton] investigates—from the history of reading to Andrzej Wajda’s film ‘Danton’—has its own fascination.” —The New Yorker

At home in the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries, Robert Darnton is a shrewd and entertaining guide to the shifting borderlands of history and culture. These wide-ranging essays appear under various headings: “Current Events” —this section includes the wonderful story of the moment in 1792 when all the delegates in the French Legislative Assembly kissed each other; “Media,” on television, pounding a newspaper beat, and tips to academics on how to get a book published; “The Printed Word,” with an essay on the history of books; “The Lay of the Land,” on aspects of intellectual history; and “Good Neighbors,” on the relation of history to literature anthropology, and the sociology of knowledge.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 1991
  • ISBN 978-0-393-30752-8
  • 5 × 8.1 in / 416 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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