Incredible praise for The Pleasures of the Imagination:
"Pleasures of the Imagination paints a kaleidoscopic picture of eighteenth-century culture that is both erudite and accessible." - Heather Mcpherson, University of Alabama at Birmingham
"Like all really original achievements it makes us sharply rethink things we supposed we knew well, but it does so with humor and humanity, and through the text runs Brewer's remarkable intellect: forceful, lucid and penetrating." - Simon Schama
"The marvel of this book is that in writing in exuberant detail about the past, Brewer succeeds in illuminating the present… This book wears its massive scholarship lightly. I hope some of our new political masters have time to read it, for it is a history that teaches us many lessons." - Peter Hall, The Observer
"Brewer ranges over almost every corner of the English mind with sharp, darting observation… This is a book to treasure as it treasures a past we thought we had lost." - Pat Rogers, Sunday Telegraph
"A model of the new cultural history… It shows how the English came to feel not just strong but civilized too, polite as well as powerful. God's chosen people, of the age of Cromwell, were reinventing themselves as Shakespeare's heirs." - Roy Porter, The Independent
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English Culture in the Eighteenth Century
The Pleasures of the Imagination examines the birth and development of English "high culture" in the eighteenth century. It charts the growth of a literary and artistic world fostered by publishers, theatrical and musical impresarios, picture dealers and auctioneers, and presented to th public in...
Published March 11th 2013 by Routledge