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Censors at work : how states shaped literature

Author: Robert Darnton
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Series: Panizzi lectures, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
With his uncanny ability to spark life in the past, Robert Darnton re-creates three historical worlds in which censorship shaped literary expression in distinctive ways. In eighteenth-century France, censors, authors, and booksellers collaborated in making literature by navigating the intricate culture of royal privilege. Even as the king's censors outlawed works by Voltaire, Rousseau, and other celebrated  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Darnton
ISBN: 9780393242294 0393242293
OCLC Number: 880520984
Description: 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Bourbon France : privilege and repression --
Typography and legality --
The censor's point of view --
Everyday operations --
Problem cases --
Scandal and enlightenment --
The book police --
An author in the servants' quarters --
A distribution system, capillaries and arteries --
British India : liberalism and imperialism --
Amateur ethnography --
Melodrama --
Surveillance --
Sedition? --
Repression --
Courtroom hermeneutics --
Wandering minstrels --
The basic contradiction --
Communist East Germany : planning and persecution --
Native informants --
Inside the archives --
Relations with authors --
Author-editor negotiations --
Hard knocks --
A play : the show must not go on --
A novel : publish and pulp --
How censorship ended.
Series Title: Panizzi lectures, 2013.
Responsibility: Robert Darnton.


This absorbing history by a brilliant scholar and writer deepens our understanding of how censorship works.  Read more...


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