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City of laughter : sex and satire in 18th century London / Vic Gatrell

Gatrell, Vic (1941-)

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ISBN 10: 1843543214 / ISBN 13: 9781843543213
Published by London : Atlantic, 2006
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Fine cloth copy in a near fine, very slightly dust-dulled dust wrapper, now mylar-sleeved. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and sharp-cornered.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 696 pages; Physical description; xxiii, 696 p. : ill. (some col.), facsims., maps ; 25 cm. Summary; James Boswell observed that a person living in eighteenth-century London, 'may be in some degree be whatever character they choose'. London was, quite simply, the most vibrant and powerful city in the world. This vivacity - famously depicted by the satirical artists Gillray, Cruikshank and Rowlandson - gave rise to lewd and iconoclastic behaviour unlike any other in English history. Gatrell's remarkable book argues that we cannot comprehend our own capacity for licentiousness or our sense of humour without understanding this unique period in English history. "City of Laughter" is as original as it is brilliantly written and will change permanently our view of London and its inhabitants. Subjects; Caricatures and cartoons - England - History - 18th century. Caricatures and cartoons - England - History - 19th century. Sex customs - England - London - History - 18th century. Sex customs - England - London - History - 19th century. Satire, English - History and criticism. English wit and humor, Pictorial - History and criticism. Political satire, English - History and criticism. 2 Kg. Bookseller Inventory # 224361

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Title: City of laughter : sex and satire in 18th ...

Publisher: London : Atlantic

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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"Not since E. P. Thompson has a historian written with such
passion, originality and wit." -- Piers Brendon, The Oldie, December 2006

'... a wonderful sampling of a neglected visual culture, as well
as account of it' - John Mullan -- New Statesman, 6 November, 2006

'Gatrell writes with the ease and assurance of a historian who can
cross boundaries at will.' - Steven Parissien -- History Today, November 2006

'It would be hard to overstate the importance of this wonderful
book.' - Kathryn Hughes -- The Guardian, October 26, 2006

'Vic Gatrell's wonderful book. ... a masterpiece' - Stella
Tillyard -- Independent, 20 October, 2006

'a brilliant book' - Sarah Wise -- Daily Telegraph, 4 November, 2006

'an overflowing cornucopia of a book, rich with insight and
argument. ... Dazzling.' - Jenny Uglow
-- Financial Times, 8 September, 2006

One can only stand in awe when contemplating Gatrell's achievement. ... His industry and commitment are prodigious. ... And there is a larger issue here than the straightforward energy of the medium of the satirical print: it concerned liberty and independence, a freedom of mind that could either tell the truth to power, or simply laugh at everything. It couldn't last: an age of moralising dawned, and you could make a case for saying that we're still living in it. So all the more reason for cherishing this book, which celebrates, as Gatrell puts it, "our great, louche, comic tradition" ... This is a work that will keep you entertained for months. -- Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian, October 2007

`A rare achievement... Vic Gatrell[`s] mastery of detail is
riveting... An important book which is a joy to read.' -- Kenneth Baker, TLS

`A scintillating and fascinating social history of manners.' -- Paula Byrne, Sunday Telegraph

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