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The Resource The devil in the holy water or the art of slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon, Robert Darnton

The devil in the holy water or the art of slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon, Robert Darnton

Label
The devil in the holy water or the art of slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon
Title
The devil in the holy water or the art of slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon
Statement of responsibility
Robert Darnton
Title variation
Devil in the holy water
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Slander has always been a nasty business, Robert Darnton notes, but that is no reason to consider it a topic unworthy of inquiry. By destroying reputations, it has often helped to delegitimize regimes and bring down governments. Nowhere has this been more the case than in eighteenth-century France, when a ragtag group of literary libelers flooded the market with works that purported to expose the wicked behavior of the great. Salacious or seditious, outrageous or hilarious, their books and pamphlets claimed to reveal the secret doings of kings and their mistresses, the lewd and extravagant activities of an unpopular foreign-born queen, the affairs of aristocrats and men-about-town as they consorted with servants, monks, and dancing masters. These libels often mixed scandal with detailed accounts of contemporary history and current politics. And though they are now largely forgotten, many sold as well as or better than some of the most famous works of the Enlightenment." "Darnton here weaves a tale so full of intrigue that it may seem too extravagant to be true, although all its details can be confirmed in the archives of the French police and diplomatic service. Part detective story, part revolutionary history, The Devil in the Holy Water has much to tell us about the nature of authorship and the book trade, about Grub Street journalism and the shaping of public opinion, and about the important work that scurrilous words have done in many times and places."--BOOK JACKET
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Cataloging source
DLC
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Darnton, Robert
Dewey number
840.9/005
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ265
LC item number
.D3675 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Material texts
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • French literature
  • Underground literature
  • Libel and slander in literature
  • Libel and slander
  • Authors and publishers
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Law and literature
  • Literature and society
Label
The devil in the holy water or the art of slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon, Robert Darnton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Interlocking libels. The armor-plated gazetteer -- The devil in the holy water -- The Parisian police unveiled -- The secret life of Pierre Manuel -- The end of the line -- Politics and police work. Slander and politics -- The book police at work -- A double agent and his authors -- Secret missions -- Hugger-mugger -- Entrapment -- The view from Versailles -- The devil in the Bastille -- Bohemians before Bohemianism -- The Grub Street route to revolution -- Slander into terror -- Words and deeds -- Postscript, 1802 -- The literature of libel : basic ingredients. The nature of libels -- Anecdotes -- Portraits -- News -- The literature of libel : private lives. Revolutionary metamorphoses -- Sex and politics -- Decadence and despotism -- Royal depravity -- Private lives and public affairs -- Conclusion
Control code
320800451
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 534 pages, 4 pages of plates
Isbn
9780812241839
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009028209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)320800451
Label
The devil in the holy water or the art of slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon, Robert Darnton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Interlocking libels. The armor-plated gazetteer -- The devil in the holy water -- The Parisian police unveiled -- The secret life of Pierre Manuel -- The end of the line -- Politics and police work. Slander and politics -- The book police at work -- A double agent and his authors -- Secret missions -- Hugger-mugger -- Entrapment -- The view from Versailles -- The devil in the Bastille -- Bohemians before Bohemianism -- The Grub Street route to revolution -- Slander into terror -- Words and deeds -- Postscript, 1802 -- The literature of libel : basic ingredients. The nature of libels -- Anecdotes -- Portraits -- News -- The literature of libel : private lives. Revolutionary metamorphoses -- Sex and politics -- Decadence and despotism -- Royal depravity -- Private lives and public affairs -- Conclusion
Control code
320800451
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 534 pages, 4 pages of plates
Isbn
9780812241839
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009028209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)320800451

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