Robert Darnton

 

 


 

Robert Danton retired in July 2015 as the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard University. He has published extensively on the history of books since its emergence as a distinct field of study in the 1960s. Among his books are The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopedie; The Literary Underground of the Old Regime; The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Prerevolutionary France; The Case for Books, Past, Present, and Future; and Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature.




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