The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History

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Vintage Books, 1985 - History - 298 pages
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When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730's held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomime some twenty times? Why in the 18th century version of "Little Red Riding Hood" did the wolf eat the child at the end? What did the anonymous townsman of Montpelier have in mind when he kept an exhaustive dossier on all the activities of his native city? These are some of the provocative questions Robert Darnton attempts to answer in this dazzling series of essays that probe the ways of thought in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment."

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An incredibly well-written and thoughtful book, The Great Cat Massacre is a love letter to the weird and forgotten corners of history. It does best when it looks into the life of the poor, and some of ... Read full review

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Interesting but sometimes too elaborate and even boring. Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Robert Darnton is the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History at Princeton University. His many books include The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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