robert darnton to speak in kc

Those of you in the KC area might be interested in the following. Please forward as appropriate:

“The plenary speaker on Friday, October 15 at Library Research Seminar III is Robert Darnton, Shelby Cullom Davis ’30 Professor of European History at Princeton. Darnton is considered a leading authority on the history of books and censorship. Many view The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopedia (1979) as Darnton’s most influential work. His book The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Prerevolutionary France, an intriguing study of clandestine libertine literature under the Old Regime, won the 1996 National Book Critics Circle Award. Other titles include George Washington’s False Teeth, The Kiss of Lamourette, and The Great Cat Massacre. Before joining Princeton’s history faculty in 1968, Darnton worked as a reporter for the New York Times.”

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