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The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History
The Great Cat Massacre And Other Episodes in French Cultural History
Author: Robert Darnton
When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730's held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomime some twenty times? Why in the 18th century version of "Little Red Riding Hood&qu...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780394729275
ISBN-10: 0394729277
Publication Date: 2/12/1985
Pages: 320
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Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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What made 18th Century Parisians run about town hanging all the cats they could catch, why the wolf in that century's version of Little Red Ridinghood ate the girl at the end. Intro to the Age of Enlightenment.
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A really interesting view of how some 18th C. Frenchmen thought & viewed the world.
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Very enjoyable to hear how the French fairy tales were created and the stories behind them. Also, really liked the story behind the Great Cat Massacre. So interesting to read about life at different times.


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