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The Devil in the Holy Water, or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon
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"The tale is an intriguing one, and Darnton, our leading historian of the book, is the man to tell it."-Publishers Weekly "In political slander everything is of the moment, and only someone as immersed as Darnton is in the particularities of eighteenth-century publishing, politics and cultural life could possibly do justice to its noisome unruliness. . . . The reader gets a taste of the thrill of the chase not just from the text but also from a number of telling illustrations taken from the illicit publications themselves. The return on Darnton's investment of time, energy and determination is extraordinary."-Lynn Hunt, London Review of Books "This is a book for experts on eighteenth-century France; but it is also lucid and scurrilous enough to have much wider appeal. The spectacle of a public figure cut down to size by revelations-true or false-about her or his private life is a literary genre that continues in rude health when more refined forms of writing-literary fiction, criticism and poetry, for example-threaten to become obsolete. Readers will find much to titillate and shock in the slanders that brought les grands of eighteenth-century France to their knees. But there is also a contemporary resonance to consider: as our own voracious yellow press goes from strength to strength and life-writing converges on celebrity biography, the more defamatory the better selling, what can the history of slander and libel teach us?"-Ruth Scurr, The Nation "Darnton's bravura demonstration of how Old Regime slander was grafted onto the main stem of Revolutionary political culture is one of the highlights of his engaging book. . . . The libellistes seem to have been most effective when their work fitted in with wider political and ideological trends. But their writings certainly complicated and dramatized questions about the limits of free speech as it was used for personal vilification and innuendo. Those were questions with which the Revolutionaries wrestled and never resolved. And they are with us still, and not only in the blogosphere."-Colin Jones, New York Review of Books
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Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library.
Introduction PART I. INTERLOCKING LIBELS 1. The Armor-Plated Gazetteer 2. The Devil in the Holy Water 3. The Parisian Police Unveiled 4. The Secret Life of Pierre Manuel 5. The End of the Line 6. Bibliography and Iconography 7. Reading PART II. POLITICS AND POLICE WORK 8. Slander and Politics 9. The Book Police at Work 10. A Double Agent and His Authors 11. Secret Missions 12. Hugger-Mugger 13. Entrapment 14. The View from Versailles 15. The Devil in the Bastille 16. Bohemians Before Bohemianism 17. The Grub Street Route to Revolution 18. Slander into Terror 19. Words and Deeds 20. Postscript, 1802 PART III. THE LITERATURE OF LIBEL: BASIC INGREDIENTS 21. The Nature of Libels 22. Anecdotes 23. Portraits 24. News PART IV. THE LITERATURE OF LIBEL: PRIVATE LIVES 25. Revolutionary Metamorphoses 26. Sex and Politics 27. Decadence and Despotism 28. Royal Depravity 29. Private Lives and Public Affairs Conclusion Notes Index Acknowledgments