Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995. First American Edition. Softcover. Used - Good/Very good. A sound copy except for a bump to the tail of the spine. 15 x 22.5 x 1.5 cm. Bibliography. Index. 218 pp. Item #7746
From the book: 'Paris was fond of stormy weather and emerging toads; the thirst for knowledge was supreme, and the first to read and reread the news were the first to render it with criticism. Authors and readers, great and small, all shared the impression that they were caught between truth and falsehood, and moreover that the probable-improbable' they relished so much was being manipulated by the complex strategies of the court, the police and the petty hordes of the evil-minded. We cannot understand the curiosity of the Parisian public without realizing that they did at least know one thing: the extent they were being made fools of.' The eighteenth century was awash with rumor and talk. The words and opinions of ordinary people filled the streets of Paris. But were these simply the isolated grumblings and gossip of the crowd, or is it possible to speak of genuine 'public opinion' among the common people? This is the subject of Subversive Words, the newest book by French historian Arlette Farge.