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Darnton, Robert

Overview
Works: 367 works in 1,364 publications in 12 languages and 31,801 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliographies  Biographies  Essays  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Host, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee, Conceptor, wpr, Honoree, Creator, htt, 605
Classifications: DC33.4, 944.034
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Most widely held works by Robert Darnton
The business of enlightenment : a publishing history of the Encyclopédie, 1775-1800 by Robert Darnton( )

45 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and German and held by 2,914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 pre-revolutionary 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 great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history by Robert Darnton( Book )

119 editions published between 1983 and 2021 in 12 languages and held by 2,716 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
Mesmerism and the end of the Enlightenment in France by Robert Darnton( )

52 editions published between 1968 and 2022 in 7 languages and held by 2,670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early in 1788, Franz Anton Mesmer, a Viennese physician, arrived in Paris and began to promulgate a somewhat exotic theory of healing that almost immediately seized the imagination of the general populace. Robert Darnton, in his lively study of mesmerism and its relation to eighteenth-century radical political thought and popular scientific notions, provides a useful contribution to the study of popular culture and the manner in which ideas are diffused down through various social levels
Poetry and the police : communication networks in eighteenth-century Paris by Robert Darnton( )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2022 in English and held by 2,143 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 case for books : past, present, and future by Robert Darnton( Book )

30 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 2,139 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 literary underground of the Old Regime by Robert Darnton( Book )

51 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse: Nombreux renseignements sur le commerce clandestin de livres entre la France et, entre autres, la Société typographique de Neuchâtel
The forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary France by Robert Darnton( Book )

61 editions published between 1994 and 2019 in 7 languages and held by 1,281 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 meaning of the library : a cultural history by Alice Crawford( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 1,229 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"--Dust jacket flap
The kiss of Lamourette : reflections in cultural history by Robert Darnton( Book )

28 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,094 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
Berlin journal, 1989-1990 by Robert Darnton( Book )

25 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in 4 languages and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Index. Includes declaration of German guilt: p.283
What was revolutionary about the French Revolution? by Robert Darnton( )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1996 in English and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three distinguished authorities--Robert Darnton, Roy M. Wiles, and Bernhard Fabian--here offer informed reflections on the history of books, on literary commerce, and on the reading public in eighteenth-century England, France, and Germany
George Washington's false teeth : an unconventional guide to the eighteenth century by Robert Darnton( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 897 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 )

24 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his uncanny ability to spark life in the past, Robert Darnton re-creates three historical worlds in which censorship shaped literary expression in distinctive ways. In eighteenth-century France, censors, authors, and booksellers collaborated in making literature by navigating the intricate culture of royal privilege. Even as the king's censors outlawed works by Voltaire, Rousseau, and other celebrated Enlightenment writers, the head censor himself incubated Diderot's great Encyclopedie by hiding the banned project's papers in his Paris townhouse. Relationships at court trumped principle in the Old Regime. Shaken by the Sepoy uprising in 1857, the British Raj undertook a vast surveillance of every aspect of Indian life, including its literary output. Years later the outrage stirred by the British partition of Bengal led the Raj to put this knowledge to use. Seeking to suppress Indian publications that it deemed seditious, the British held hearings in which literary criticism led to prison sentences. Their efforts to meld imperial power and liberal principle fed a growing Indian opposition. In Communist East Germany, censorship was a component of the party program to engineer society. Behind the unmarked office doors of Ninety Clara-Zetkin Street in East Berlin, censors developed annual plans for literature in negotiation with high party officials and prominent writers. A system so pervasive that it lodged inside the authors' heads as self-censorship, it left visible scars in the nation's literature. By rooting censorship in the particulars of history, Darnton's revealing study enables us to think more clearly about efforts to control expression past and present
Revolution in print : the press in France, 1775-1800 by Daniel Roche( Book )

15 editions published in 1989 in 3 languages and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

12 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and French and held by 545 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 corpus of clandestine literature in France, 1769-1789 by Robert Darnton( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 483 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
Knowledge unbound : selected writings on open access, 2002-2011 by Peter Suber( )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

« Peter Suber has been a leading advocate for open access since 2001 and has worked full time on issues of open access since 2003. As a professor of philosophy during the early days of the internet, he realized its power and potential as a medium for scholarship. As he writes now, "it was like an asteroid crash, fundamentally changing the environment, challenging dinosaurs to adapt, and challenging all of us to figure out whether we were dinosaurs." When Suber began putting his writings and course materials online for anyone to use for any purpose, he soon experienced the benefits of that wider exposure. In 2001, he started a newsletter -- the Free Online Scholarship Newsletter, which later became the SPARC Open Access Newsletter -- in which he explored the implications of open access for research and scholarship. This book offers a selection of some of Suber's most significant and influential writings on open access from 2002 to 2010. In these texts, Suber makes the case for open access to research; answers common questions, objections, and misunderstandings; analyzes policy issues; and documents the growth and evolution of open access during its most critical early decade. »--
A literary tour de France : the world of books on the eve of the French Revolution by Robert Darnton( Book )

19 editions published between 2018 and 2021 in English and Chinese and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The publishing industry in France in the years before the Revolution was a lively and sometimes rough-and-tumble affair, as publishers and printers scrambled to deal with (and if possible evade) shifting censorship laws and tax regulations, in order to cater to a reading public's appetite for books of all kinds, from the famous Encyclope̹die, repository of reason and knowledge, to scandal-mongering libel and pornography. Historian and librarian Robert Darnton uses his exclusive access to a trove of documents-letters and documents from authors, publishers, printers, paper millers, type founders, ink manufacturers, smugglers, wagon drivers, warehousemen, and accountants-involving a publishing house in the Swiss town of Neuchatel to bring this world to life. Like other places on the periphery of France, Switzerland was a hotbed of piracy, carefully monitoring the demand for certain kinds of books and finding ways of fulfilling it. Focusing in particular on the diary of Jean-FrancÌʹois Favarger, a traveling sales rep for a Swiss firm whose 1778 voyage, on horseback and on foot, around France to visit bookstores and renew accounts forms the spine of this story, Darnton reveals not only how the industry worked and which titles were in greatest demand, but the human scale of its operations. A Literary Tour de France is literally that. Darnton captures the hustle, picaresque comedy, and occasional risk of Favarger's travels in the service of books, and in the process offers an engaging, immersive, and unforgettable narrative of book culture at a critical moment in France's history. -- Provided by publisher
Édition et sédition : l'univers de la littérature clandestine au XVIIIe siècle by Robert Darnton( Book )

20 editions published in 1991 in French and Italian and held by 374 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)
 
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The business of enlightenment : a publishing history of the Encyclopédie, 1775-1800
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The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural historyMesmerism and the end of the Enlightenment in FrancePoetry and the police : communication networks in eighteenth-century ParisThe case for books : past, present, and futureThe literary underground of the Old RegimeThe forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary FranceThe meaning of the library : a cultural historyThe kiss of Lamourette : reflections in cultural history
Alternative Names
Darnton, R.

Darnton, Robert 1939-

Darnton, Robert Choate 1939-

Darntonas Robertas

Robert Darnton American historian

Robert Darnton Amerikaans bibliothecaris

Robert Darnton amerikansk historikar og bibliotekar

Robert Darnton amerikansk historiker och bibliotekarie

Robert Darnton amerikansk historiker og bibliotekar

Robert Darnton bibliotekario merikano

Robert Darnton historiador estadounidense

Robert Darnton historiador estatunidenc

Robert Darnton historiador estauxunidense

Robert Darnton historiador norte-americano

Robert Darnton historian amerikan

Robert Darnton historien américain

Robert Darnton staraí Meiriceánach

Robert Darnton storico statunitense

Robert Darnton United States of America karimba ŋun nyɛ doo

Robert Darnton US-amerikanischer Historiker

Дарнтон, Роберт

Дарнтон, Роберт 1939-

Роберт Дарнтон американский историк

Робърт Дарнтън

Робърт Дарнтън американски културен историк

רוברט דרנטון היסטוריון אמריקאי

روبرت دارنتون، 1939-

روبرت دارنتون مؤرخ من امريكا

단턴, 로버트 1939-

단톤, 로버트 1939-

단튼, 로버트 1939-

로버트 단턴

ダ-ントン, ロバ-ト 1939-

ダーントン, ロバート

ロバート・ダントン

羅伯·丹屯

达恩顿, 罗伯特

Languages
English (453)

Spanish (43)

French (42)

German (17)

Italian (16)

Chinese (11)

Portuguese (8)

Korean (4)

Swedish (3)

Russian (2)

Catalan (2)

Dutch (2)