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Robert Darnton

Robert Darnton is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and the director of the University Library at Harvard University. His honors include a MacArthur Prize, the National Humanities Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and election to the French Legion of Honor. He is the author of The Great Cat Massacre and The Forbidden Bestsellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Books by Robert Darnton

  1. Book CoverBerlin Journal, 1989-1990

    “Makes us appreciate something of what it felt like for Germans East and West as the world ended.” —Anthony Bailey, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  2. Book CoverCensors at Work: How States Shaped Literature

    “Splendid. . . . [Darnton gives] us vivid, hard-won detail, illuminating narrative, and subtle, original insight.”—Timothy Garton Ash, New York Review of BooksMore

  3. Book CoverThe Corpus of Clandestine Literature in France, 1769-1789

    Having thoroughly mined the sources, Darnton provides a trove of information on the illegal literature of Old Regime France. The result is an invaluable resource to specialists in French cultural history, the history of the book, the social history of ideas, and problems of censorship and state control of ideas.More

  4. Book CoverThe Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France

    Robert Darnton's work is one of the main reasons that cultural history has become an exciting study central to our understanding of the past.More

  5. Book CoverGeorge Washington's False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century

    A master historian's excavations into the past unearth a world that is unexpected and compelling.More

  6. Book CoverThe Kiss of Lamourette: Reflections in Cultural History

    “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 YorkerMore