Robert Darnton in 2006
May 10, 1939 |
New York City
|Subjects||Cultural History, 18th Century France, History of the Book|
|Notable work(s)||The Great Cat Massacre|
He graduated from Harvard University in 1960, attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, and earned a Ph.D. (D. Phil.) in history from Oxford in 1964, where he studied with Richard Cobb, among others. He worked as reporter at The New York Times from 1964 to 1965. Joining the Princeton University faculty in 1968, he was appointed Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1982. He served as President of the American Historical Association in 1999.
In 1983 he delivered the Huizinga Lecture in Leiden, the Netherlands, under the title The Meaning of Mother Goose.
Awards and honors
One of his books, The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France (New York: W.W. Norton, 1996), won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 1995.
In 1999 he was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur, an award given by the French government, in recognition of his work. In 2004 he was awarded the Gutenberg prize by the International Gutenberg Society.
In 2005 he received an award for distinguished achievement from the American Printing History Association. On 13 February 2012 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal 2011 by President Barack Obama, for his determination to make knowledge accessible to everyone.
- Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1995 . ISBN 0-674-56950-4.
- "In Search of the Enlightenment: Recent Attempts to Create a Social History of Ideas," The Journal of Modern History Vol. 43, No. 1, March 1971
- The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie, 1775-1800. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1987 . ISBN 0-674-08786-0.
- The Literary Underground of the Old Regime. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1982. ISBN 0-674-53656-8.
- The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History. New York: Basic Books. 1984. ISBN 0-465-02700-8.
- Revolution in Print: the Press in France 1775-1800. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 1989. ISBN 0-520-06430-5.
- The Kiss of Lamourette: Reflections in Cultural History. New York: Norton. 1990. ISBN 0-393-02753-8.
- Edition et sédition. L'univers de la littérature clandestine au XVIIIe siècle (in French). Paris: Gallimard. 1991. ISBN 2-07-072212-0.
- Berlin Journal, 1989-1990. New York: Norton. 1993 . ISBN 0-393-31018-3.
- Gens de lettres, gens du livre (in French). Paris: O. Jacob. 1992. ISBN 2-7381-0162-3.
- The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Prerevolutionary France. New York: Norton. 1996. ISBN 0-393-31442-1.
- The Corpus of Clandestine Literature in France, 1769-1789. New York: Norton. 1995. ISBN 0-393-03745-2.
- George Washington's False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century. New York: Norton. 2003. ISBN 0-393-05760-7.
- The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future. New York: NY Public Affairs. 2009. ISBN 978-1-58648-826-0.
- The Devil in the Holy Water, or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. 2009. ISBN 978-0-8122-4183-9.
- Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press. 2010. ISBN 978-0-674-05715-9.
- Robert Darnton; Liz Townsend; Robert Townsend (2000). "AHA Presidential Addresses: Robert Darnton, 1999". American Historical ASsociation. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
- Princeton's Robert Darnton To Succeed Verba as Harvard Library Director - 5/25/2007 - Library Journal
- Taylor, Kate. "Amherst President is Expected to Be Named Chief of the New York Public Library," New York Times. October 6, 2010.
- Books reveal volumes about times past, Jennifer Greenstein Altmann, Princeton Weekly Bulletin, 28 March 2005.
- Darnton on the Gutenberg-e Program
- Articles by Robert Darnton from The New York Review of Books
- Works by or about Robert Darnton in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Robert Darnton, An Early Information Society: News and the Media in Eighteenth-Century Paris, AHA Presidential Address Retrieved 19 April 2010
- Booknotes interview with Darnton on George Washington’s False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century, August 31, 2003.