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THE FORBIDDEN BESTSELLERS OF PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Continuing his expert exploration of 18th-century French publishing and reading, Darnton (Berlin Journal, 1991, etc.) takes on the salacious, seditious, and sociological natures of the potboilers banned and in high demand during the reign of Louis XV. Whatever the debate over the responsibility borne by Rousseau and Voltaire for the French Revolution, they shared the bestseller lists with less ... Read full review

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