In this boldly drawn portrait of eighteenth-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages. Roy Porter s new edition of his celebrated book of English cultural history was revised in light of changes in the climate of debate that occurred in the seven years after its first publication.
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ROY PORTER (1946 2002) was a British historian noted for his prolific work on the history of medicine. He wrote or edited over 100 books. In addition to the history of medicine and other sciences, he specialized in the social history of eighteenth-century Britain and the Enlightenment. He also wrote and lectured on the history of London. He was, until his retirement, professor in the social history of medicine department at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.Review:
Vivid, witty, and entertaining....easily the best general account of eighteenth-century society that we have. --New York Review of Books
A brilliant work....Porter s picture of eighteenth-century England is boldly drawn....He ranges far and wide, from princes and paupers and from the metropolis to the smallest hamlet. Stay-making and corsetry, prisons, rural festivals, diet and housing, bordellos and sex therapists...paintings and plays, work and wages, balloons and bastady are only a fraction of the topics covered by this breathtaking narrative....No one will fail to learn much from Porter s bustling book. --London Review of Books
Offers a succession of vivid images of thought, politics, work culture, deviance, sex-life and smell of eighteenth-century Englishmen....it is the gusto, the vigor and the fun that make this book. --Sunday Times
Covers a vast area of historical scholarship, both traditional and contemporary....His writing glows...and positively crackles when expressing the vigor and zest of what has been rightly called the age of exuberance. --Times Literary Supplement
Porter bowls through eighteenth-century society with the brash confidence of the rubicund tradesman whose world he recaptures so well, deploying formidable erudition, vigorous ideas and skillful expression to provide a book which should inform, arouse and provoke. --New Statesman --.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140220992
Book Description Penguin Books, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140220992