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Darnton, Robert

Works: 247 works in 1,005 publications in 16 languages and 27,379 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Host, Author of introduction, Editor, Director, Conceptor, Interviewee, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Other, Honoree, 605
Classifications: DC33.4, 944.034
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Most widely held works by Robert Darnton
The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history by Robert Darnton( Book )

120 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 2,542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the history and culture of eighteenth-century France as it provides a view of the people of the cities, towns, and countryside during the Age of Enlightenment
The case for books : past, present, and future by Robert Darnton( Book )

40 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 2,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Case for Books, Robert Darnton offers an in-depth examination of the book from its earliest beginnings to its shifting role today in popular culture, commerce, and the academy. In a lasting collection drawn from previously published and new work alike, Robert Darnton lends unique authority to the life and role of the book in society. The resulting book is a wise work of scholarship - one that requires readers to carefully consider how the digital revolution will broadly affect the marketplace of ideas."--Jacket
The business of enlightenment : a publishing history of the Encyclopédie, 1775-1800 by Robert Darnton( Book )

84 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation A great book about an even greater book is a rare event in publishing. Darnton's history of the Encyclopédie is such an occasion. The author explores some fascinating territory in the French genre of histoire du livre, and at the same time he tracks the diffusion of Enlightenment ideas. He is concerned with the form of the thought of the great philosophes as it materialized into books and with the way books were made and distributed in the business of publishing. This is cultural history on a broad scale, a history of the process of civilization. In tracing the publishing story of Diderot's Encyclopédie, Darnton uses new sources--the papers of eighteenth-century publishers--that allow him to respond firmly to a set of problems long vexing historians. He shows how the material basis of literature and the technology of its production affected the substance and diffusion of ideas. He fully explores the workings of the literary market place, including the roles of publishers, book dealers, traveling salesmen, and other intermediaries in cultural communication. How publishing functioned as a business, and how it fit into the political as well as the economic systems of prerevolutionary Europe are set forth. The making of books touched on this vast range of activities because books were products of artisanal labor, objects of economic exchange, vehicles of ideas, and elements in political and religious conflict. The ways ideas traveled in early modern Europe, the level of penetration of Enlightenment ideas in the society of the Old Regime, and the connections between the Enlightenment and the French Revolution are brilliantly treated by Darnton. In doing so he unearths a double paradox. It was the upper orders in society rather than the industrial bourgeoisie or the lower classes that first shook off archaic beliefs and took up Enlightenment ideas. And the state, which initially had suppressed those ideas, ultimately came to favor them. Yet at this high point in the diffusion and legitimation of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution erupted, destroying the social and political order in which the Enlightenment had flourished. Never again will the contours of the Enlightenment be drawn without reference to this work. Darnton has written an indispensable book for historians of modern Europe
Mesmerism and the end of the Enlightenment in France by Robert Darnton( Book )

57 editions published between 1968 and 2010 in 9 languages and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aan de hand van een analyse van het mesmerisme (een vroege voorloper van de psycho-therapie), wordt een beeld gegeven van het geestesleven in Frankrijk aan de vooravond van de Revolutie
The literary underground of the Old Regime by Robert Darnton( Book )

55 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse: Nombreux renseignements sur le commerce clandestin de livres entre la France et, entre autres, la Société typographique de Neuchâtel
Berlin journal, 1989-1990 by Robert Darnton( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in 6 languages and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Index. Includes declaration of German guilt: p.283
The forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary France by Robert Darnton( Book )

48 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Salacious, blasphemous, treasonous, these illegal best-sellers formed a crucial part of the culture of dissent in the Old Regime. They intersected with gossip, rumors, jokes, songs, graffiti, posters, pasquinades, broadsides, letters, and journals, all of which coalesced in a political folklore that powerfully portrayed an illegitimate regime. Events and public opinion compounded each other in an increasingly revolutionary brew
The kiss of Lamourette : reflections in cultural history by Robert Darnton( Book )

27 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines how the past operates in the present, the operation of the media, the history of the book, and discusses history and the human sciences
George Washington's false teeth : an unconventional guide to the eighteenth century by Robert Darnton( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of articles concentrated on the Enlightenment in France argues for a scaled-down interpretation of the significance of the movement
Censors at work : how states shaped literature by Robert Darnton( Book )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fresh perspective on censorship emerges in this elegant history by a superb conjurer of the past. With his uncanny ability to spark life in the past, Robert Darnton re-creates three historical worlds in which censorship shaped literary expression. In 18th-century France, censors navigated the intricacies of royal privilege in a working collaboration with authors and booksellers on the making of literature. Absolutism operating through negotiation yielded both suppression and protection of some of the great works of the Enlightenment. In 19th-century India, the efforts of the British Raj to control "native" literature gave voice to an Indian opposition that exposed the tensions between Britain's liberal principles and imperial power. And in 20th-century East Germany, the Communist Party's attempt to engineer literature actually yielded a range of outcomes from brutal repression to the complex negotiation behind some of the best-known works by German authors. Censorship emerges not as a simple repression that is everywhere the same but a melding of power and culture grounded in history
Revolution in print : the press in France, 1775-1800 by Robert Darnion( Book )

13 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The widening circle : essays on the circulation of literature in eighteenth-century Europe by Robert Darnton( Book )

12 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The devil in the holy water or the art of slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon by Robert Darnton( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and French and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Slander has always been a nasty business, Robert Darnton notes, but that is no reason to consider it a topic unworthy of inquiry. By destroying reputations, it has often helped to delegitimize regimes and bring down governments. Nowhere has this been more the case than in eighteenth-century France, when a ragtag group of literary libelers flooded the market with works that purported to expose the wicked behavior of the great. Salacious or seditious, outrageous or hilarious, their books and pamphlets claimed to reveal the secret doings of kings and their mistresses, the lewd and extravagant activities of an unpopular foreign-born queen, the affairs of aristocrats and men-about-town as they consorted with servants, monks, and dancing masters. These libels often mixed scandal with detailed accounts of contemporary history and current politics. And though they are now largely forgotten, many sold as well as or better than some of the most famous works of the Enlightenment." "Darnton here weaves a tale so full of intrigue that it may seem too extravagant to be true, although all its details can be confirmed in the archives of the French police and diplomatic service. Part detective story, part revolutionary history, The Devil in the Holy Water has much to tell us about the nature of authorship and the book trade, about Grub Street journalism and the shaping of public opinion, and about the important work that scurrilous words have done in many times and places."--Jacket
The meaning of the library : a cultural history by Alice Crawford( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tracing what the library has meant since its beginning, examining how its significance has shifted, and pondering its importance in the twenty-first century, significant contributors--including the librarian of the Congress and the former executive director of the HathiTrust--present a cultural history of the library"
Poetry and the police : communication networks in eighteenth-century Paris by Robert Darnton( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and French and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In spring 1749, Francois Bonis, a medical student in Paris, found himself unexpectedly hauled off to the Bastille for distributing an "abominable poem about the king." So began the Affair of the Fourteen, a police crackdown on ordinary citizens for unauthorized poetry recitals. Why was the official response to these poems so intense? In this captivating book, Robert Darnton follows the poems as they passed through several media: copied on scraps of paper, dictated from one person to another, memorized and declaimed to an audience. But the most effective dispersal occurred through music, when poems were sung to familiar tunes. Lyrics often referred to current events or revealed popular attitudes toward the royal court. The songs provided a running commentary on public affairs, and Darnton brilliantly traces how the lyrics fit into song cycles that carried messages through the streets of Paris during a period of rising discontent. He uncovers a complex communication network, illuminating the way information circulated in a semi-literate society. This lucid and entertaining book reminds us of both the importance of oral exchanges in the history of communication and the power of "viral" networks long before our internet age. - Publisher
The corpus of clandestine literature in France, 1769-1789 by Robert Darnton( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world of illegal publishing in eighteenth-century France was large and varied, taking in the greatest works of Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu, and Diderot, as well as the scandalous books of grub street writers. Here we have a map of that world, constructed by Robert Darnton based on his many years of research in the field. Darnton shows us the scope of this literary underground with a complete bibliography of the hundreds of books that circulated "under the cloak." He documents their geographical distribution throughout France, and measures the levels of demand for these books. By ranking these levels of demand he compiles a bestseller list of illegal books, with surprising results. 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
Édition et sédition : l'univers de la littérature clandestine au XVIIIe siècle by Robert Darnton( Book )

16 editions published in 1991 in 3 languages and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse: La littérature clandestine du XVIIIe siècle est analysée sur la base des archives de la Société typographique de Neuchâtel (STN)
Bohème littéraire et révolution : le monde des livres au XVIIIe siècle by Robert Darnton( Book )

23 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in French and Undetermined and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cette étude se penche sur la place des écrivains de second ordre dans la préparation de la Révolution française. Le paysage des Lumières, vu des boutiques de libraires ou des officines de la police, à la croisée entre histoire de l'édition et sociologie des auteurs et du public, pose en termes novateurs la question de la lecture et de la vie intellectuelle au XVIIIe siècle
Gens de lettres, gens du livre by Robert Darnton( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse: Voir le chapitre 10, sur la publication de "Le système de la nature" par la Société typographique de Neuchâtel
What was revolutionary about the French Revolution? by Robert Darnton( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The case for books : past, present, and future
Alternative Names
Darnton, R.

Darnton, Robert, 1939-

Darnton, Robert Choate 1939-

Robert Darnton Amerikaans bibliothecaris

Robert Darnton amerikansk historikar og bibliotekar

Robert Darnton amerikansk historiker och bibliotekarie

Robert Darnton amerikansk historiker og bibliotekar

Robert Darnton historien américain

Robert Darnton storico statunitense

Robert Darnton US-amerikanischer Historiker

Дарнтон, Роберт

Дарнтон, Роберт 1939-

Робърт Дарнтън

단턴, 로버트 1939-

단톤, 로버트 1939-

단튼, 로버트 1939-

ダ-ントン, ロバ-ト 1939-

ダーントン, ロバート



达恩顿, 罗伯特

The case for books : past, present, and futureThe business of enlightenment : a publishing history of the Encyclopédie, 1775-1800Mesmerism and the end of the Enlightenment in FranceThe literary underground of the Old RegimeBerlin journal, 1989-1990The forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary FranceGeorge Washington's false teeth : an unconventional guide to the eighteenth centuryThe devil in the holy water or the art of slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon