We're biased, but we think that the physical book is a technology that's superior to anything digital we've yet seen. But why should you listen to us? Like Woody Allen dragging Marshall McLuhan onto the screen to make his point in Annie Hall, we're going to bring Robert Darnton up from Harvard to make that case for us, and more besides. Robert Darnton is one of the world's foremost historians of the book in all its forms. Formerly a professor of history at Princeton, he is now the director of the Harvard University Library, the system of libraries, including Widener, that houses one of the most distinguished collections on Earth. His new work, The Case for Books, offers an in-depth examination of the book, from its earliest beginnings to its shifting role today in popular culture, commerce, and the academy. It's an entertaining review of the history and probable future of humanity's most enduring technology. (bookconscious)
The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History 1,129 copies, 11 reviews
The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future 657 copies, 29 reviews
The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France 318 copies, 2 reviews
The Literary Underground of the Old Regime 198 copies, 3 reviews
Kiss of Lamourette: Reflections in Cultural History 155 copies, 1 review
Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France 128 copies, 2 reviews
The Business of Enlightenment (Author) 119 copies, 1 review
Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature 93 copies, 1 review
Berlin Journal, 1989-1990 62 copies, 1 review
The Devil in the Holy Water, or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to… 55 copies, 1 review
Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris 41 copies, 1 review
Gens de lettres, gens du livre 11 copies
Bohemians before Bohemianism 1 copy
The Library in the New Age 1 copy
Democracia 1 copy
The Classic Fairy Tales [Norton Critical Edition] (Contributor) 820 copies, 4 reviews
Reading in America: Literature and Social History (Contributor) 51 copies
The Bohemians (Introduction, some editions) 45 copies
Books and society in history : papers of the Association of College and… (Contributor) 10 copies
Book History: Volume 5, 2002 (Contributor) 9 copies
Alle cultuur is streven: De verzamelde Huizinga-lezingen 1972-1986 (Contributor) 7 copies
Book History (Volume 4) (Contributor) 6 copies
Knowledge Unbound : Selected Writings on Open Access, 2002-2011 (Foreword) 4 copies
Le Débat, N° 170, Mai-août 201 : Le livre, le… (Contributor) 2 copies
Book History (Volume 20) (Contributor) 1 copy
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