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Robert Darnton was previously the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History at Princeton University. A former Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Fellow, and Chevalier of France’s Légion D’Honneur, Darnton is an internationally recognized scholar on the history of the book and the literary world of Enlightenment France. His works include George Washington’s False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century (2003), and he is currently completing a book on the art and politics of slander in the 18th century. His earlier books include Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France (1968), The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie (1979), The Literary Underground of the Old Regime (1982), The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History(1984), The Kiss of Lamourette: Reflections in Cultural History (1989), Revolution in Print: the Press in France 1775-1800 (1989, Daniel Roche co-editor), Edition et sédition (1991), which won the French Prix Médicis; Berlin Journal, 1989-1990(1991), and The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Prerevolutionary France(1995), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Darnton received the Leo Gershoy Prize of the American Historical Association, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Princeton University’s Behrman Humanities Award, the Gutenberg Prize, and the American Printing History Association Prize. Darnton is a graduate of Harvard (A.B., 1960) and Oxford (B. Phil., 1962; D.Phil., 1964).
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