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Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Emeritus, at Harvard University. His honors include a MacArthur Prize, the National Humanities Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Obras por Robert Darnton

Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature (2014) — Autor — 156 exemplares
The Business of Enlightenment (1979) — Autor — 143 exemplares
Berlin Journal, 1989-1990 (1991) 71 exemplares
The Revolutionary Temper (2023) 54 exemplares
Gens de lettres, gens du livre (1992) 13 exemplares
Democracia (2001) 2 exemplares
Büyük Kedi Katliamı (2018) 2 exemplares
Bohemians before Bohemianism (2006) 1 exemplar
I censori all'opera (2017) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Classic Fairy Tales [Norton Critical Edition] (1998) — Contribuidor — 1,007 exemplares
The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History (2015) — Contribuidor — 171 exemplares
Reading in America: Literature and Social History (1989) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Journal of My Life (1982) — Prefácio, algumas edições51 exemplares
The Bohemians (1788) — Introdução, algumas edições45 exemplares
Pratiques de la lecture (1985) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Histoire du livre et de l'édition: Production & circulation, formes & mutations (2021) — Posfácio, algumas edições17 exemplares
Book History (Volume 5) (2002) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Book History (Volume 4) (2001) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Le Débat, N° 170, Mai-août 201 : Le livre, le numérique (2012) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Book History (Volume 20) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Darnton, Robert Choate
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
University of Oxford (B.Phil|1962| D.Phil|1964)
Harvard University (AB|1960)
Darnton, John (brother)
Darnton, Byron (father)
Harvard University
Princeton University
International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (president ∙ 1987-1991)
American Historical Association (president ∙ 1999)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (1999)
Gutenberg prize (2004)
Rhodes Scholar (1962)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1980)
MacArthur Fellowship (1982)
American Philosophical Society (1989) (mostrar todos 21)
American Antiquarian Society (1983)
Academia Europaea (1994)
Académie Royale de Langue et de Littérature Françaises de Belgique (1995)
Koren Prize (1973)
Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1993)
Priz Medicis (1991)
Prix Chateaubriand (1991)
Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1988)
Gutenberg Prize (2004)
Prix France-Ameriques (2011)
Leo Gershoy Prize (1979)
Los Angeles Times Book Prize (1984)
National Humanities Medal (2012)
Del Duca World Prize (2013)
American Printing History Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2005)

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Robert Darnton was educated at Harvard University (A.B., 1960) and Oxford University (B.Phil., 1962; D. Phil., 1964), where he was a Rhodes scholar. After a brief stint as a reporter for The New York Times, he became a junior fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard. He taught at Princeton from 1968 until 2007, when he became Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard. He has been a visiting professor or fellow at many universities and institutes for advanced study, and his outside activities include service as a trustee of the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press (USA) and terms as president of the American Historical Association and the International Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. Among his honors are a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award, election to the French Legion of Honor, the National Humanities Medal conferred by President Obama in February 2012, and the Del Duca World Prize in the Humanities awarded by the Institut de France in 2013. He has written and edited many books, including The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie (1979, an early attempt to develop the history of books as a field of study), The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (1984, probably his most popular work, which has been translated into 18 languages), Berlin Journal, 1989-1990, (1991, an account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of East Germany), and The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Prerevolutionary France (1995, a study of the underground book trade). His latest books are The Case for Books (2009), The Devil in the Holy Water, or The Art of Slander in France from Louis XIV to Napoleon (2009), and Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris (2010).




The Tree of Cracow was a huge chestnut tree that stood in the northern part of the gardens of the Palais-Royal at the heart of Paris in the years before the French Revolution. Beneath its branches newsmongers gathered daily to dispense the news, ancien régime style, by word of mouth. It was part of an information system – a sort of 18th-century equivalent to social media – and much like its modern counterpart it bristled with rumour, speculation, conspiracy theories and questionable assertions. Under a regime that censored politics, religion and morals, the Palais-Royal occupied a privileged space. It belonged to the Duke of Orléans, a cousin of Louis XVI, and one of the wealthiest men in France. The precincts of the Palais-Royal housed shops, theatres, cafes, gambling dens, printing presses and sellers of books and pamphlets, but Orléans had jurisdiction over the site, which meant that the police could not raid its bookstalls or scour its cafes for undesirables. As the trade in clandestine books and unfettered news thrived, it became a centre for the exchange of ideas. And, in the late 18th century, it became the birthplace of the French Revolution.

No one is better placed to uncover this world and bring it to life than Robert Darnton, a historian who emerged from a background in journalism at the New York Times to write a series of pathbreaking studies on 18th-century literature and the cultural impact of the Enlightenment that have inspired a generation of historians. The Revolutionary Temper is the culmination of Darnton’s output and, like all his works, it is very readable. It reveals the reactions of ordinary Parisians to political developments, from the mid-18th century to the storming of the Bastille in July 1789. Politics was the business of the king and his ministers, conducted behind closed doors in the form of power struggles between factions of rival courtiers, ministers and royal mistresses. For ordinary Parisians, excluded from the privileged world of Versailles, concrete information was lacking, sowing doubt and, therefore, speculation and wild rumour. Occasionally politics circumvented censorship – often with the connivance of disaffected courtiers – and spilled onto the streets of Paris.

Darnton provides a sweeping account of succeeding events from the Parisian perspective, encompassing disastrous wars, struggles over Enlightenment ideas, fights for religious toleration and crazes for all manner of new phenomena, such as hot air balloons and mesmerism. He reveals this story through evocative sources, including pamphlets, libel cases, judicial memoirs and songs – the latter particularly dangerous, because they reached down through every stratum of society, including the poor and illiterate.

Read the rest of the review at HistoryToday.com.

Marisa Linton is Professor Emerita of History at Kingston University. Her latest book is Terror: The French Revolution and Its Demons (Polity, 2021).
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HistoryToday | Nov 14, 2023 |
uvejota | 31 outras críticas | Jul 26, 2023 |
The Case For Books. Well this collection of essays by Robert Darnton with that title; certainly isn't one. Boring with a capital B.
kevinkevbo | 31 outras críticas | Jul 14, 2023 |
This is one of the dullest books ever written. It's all about the book trade. Hardly any discussion of the forbidden books (mostly pornography) except for Thérèse Philosophe.
Cr00 | 2 outras críticas | Apr 1, 2023 |



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