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Clean and Decent. The History of the Bathroom and the W. C. (edition 1984)

by Lawrence Wright

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Title:Clean and Decent. The History of the Bathroom and the W. C.
Authors:Lawrence Wright
Info:London: Routledge & Kegan Paul 1984. (1984), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 224 pages
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Clean and Decent: The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and the Water-Closet by Lawrence Wright

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I think I have really taken for granted the development of bathroom fixtures and plumbing! Many, many people have tinkered and toiled with baths, basins, and toilets over hundreds of years, to make them the models of efficiency and cleanliness (generally speaking of course), that we have come to expect in the industrialized world today. I never appreciated the number of styles of bath that had been developed, advertised and generally used as a medicinal cure rather than a pleasurable cleansing that we are accustomed to. This book was written as a follow up of a display that the author had developed on the History of the Bathroom, and as such, it reads much like a brief catalogue of items in some regard. There are moments of humour, and many of the vignettes of toilet and bathing trivia, leave you wishing for just a bit more detail. ( )
  nellista | Oct 5, 2008 |
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Who would have supposed that the Romans had lagged hot-water pipes? that Queen Elizabeth I had a valve water-closet? that Louis XIV had cushions in his bath? that sponges have sex? This book, says the author, "is meant to entertain, even if scholarship does keep breaking through". This book offers an excursion into the household's most private room. Informative and hilarious, it suggests that more may be learnt about the past from bathrooms than battlefields, and that patterns of social history may be mirrored in the bathwater or found locked in the water-closet.

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