The Smile Revolution: In Eighteenth-Century Paris (Hardback)Colin Jones CBE (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 514 g
Dimensions: 241 x 164 x 22 mm
... the book... is, among other things, a secret history of dentistry and, because of Jones's wit and erudition, one simply can't imagine the topic being more fascinatingly handled. * Spear's *
...entertaining and highly readable * Network Review, David Lorimer *
an important contribution to the history of medicine as well as the history of the emotions...It is immensely readable * Reviews in History, Dr Jennifer Wallis *
The most intriguing sections of Jones's book examine the establishment of dentistry as a medical science and respectable profession in the 18th century. * Jonathan Beckman, London Review of Books *
highly readable, intelligent, unpretentious and even mischievous book... Jones's ingenious and puckish book, poised between high culture and pop psychology, is both entertaining and informative * TLS, Patrice Higonnet *
Politics, literature, dentistry and art are wrapped up in a brilliant piece of scholarship. * Michael Prodger, Book of the Year 2014, New Statesman *
fascinating exploration * Mary Beard, The Spectator *
Fascinating book * The Good Book Guide *
It is, in short, an inspiring work by a master of the field. * Anna Jenkin, French History *
A combination of impressive learning and entertaining wit * Harriet Devine, Shiny New Books *
In just 180 pages, Jones manages to be brilliant about painting, French literature and history, the sociology of emotional expression, and the hucksterish early history of the dental profession. * The Slate, Books of the Year *
The most original approach to history in years ... [Colin Jones] had written one of the most absorbing and unusual history books imaginable * Michael Prodger, Sunday Times *
immensely readable * The Connexion *
The subject of Jones's book may seem recondite, but it is a fascinating mouthful. In mixing dental minutiae, sweeping social history and vivid detail to show why the smile was no laughing matter but something both mutable and meaningful he has written one of the most absorbing and unusual history books imaginable. * Michael Prodger, The Sunday Times *
compelling Cheshire cat of a book * Kathryn Hughes, Guardian *
ingenious and puckish book * Patrice Higonnet, Times Literary Supplement *
a marvellous, engaging and constantly enlightening study * John Brewer, Literary Review *
The Smile Revolution is an education and an entertainment ... Colin Jones drills into his subject with wit, clarity and a fine theatrical flourish. * James Hamilton, The Times *
The intriguing untold story of how we learned to smile. * The Bookseller *
You will never look at an eighteenth-century portrait in the same way after you read these pages so filled with verve, wit, and insight. Colin Jones accomplishes the extraordinary feat of changing our view of the ordinary by showing us how teeth, smiles and laughing all gained profound significance. * Lynn Hunt, author of Inventing Human Rights. *
Readers of this witty, engaging study, which wears its wide-ranging scholarship lightly, will certainly find it impossible to keep a straight face. * Malcolm Crook, History *
It is a joy to read ... The book is innovative and interdisciplinary in the extreme, combing social, cultural, economic, political and medical history in such a way as to make connections appear entirely natural, and bringing such traditional fields together with the new methodologies of the history of the emotions. It is, in short, an inspiring work by a master of the field. * Anna Jenkin, French History *
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