The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History

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Basic Books, 2009 - History - 298 pages
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When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730s 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 eighteenth-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 answers in this classic work of European history in what we like to call ?The Age of Enlightenment.OCO"

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User Review  - Richp - Goodreads

Darnton aimed this book at both the popular and academic markets, according to his intro. I suspect the real market is college students assigned this book for a class. In this subject, I am part of ... Read full review

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User Review  - johnny dangerously - Goodreads

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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Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library. A MacArthur Fellow, he is the author of the National Book Critics Circle award-winning The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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