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At Day's Close: Night in Times Past

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Bringing light to the shadows of history through a "rich weave of citation and archival evidence" (Publishers Weekly), scholar A. Roger Ekirch illuminates the aspects of life most often overlooked by other historians--those that unfold at night. In this "triumph of social history" (Mail on Sunday), Ekirch's "enthralling anthropology" (Harper's) exposes the nightlife that spawned a distinct culture and a refuge from daily life.

Fear of crime, of fire, and of the supernatural; the importance of moonlight; the increased incidence of sickness and death at night; evening gatherings to spin wool and stories; masqued balls; inns, taverns, and brothels; the strategies of thieves, assassins, and conspirators; the protective uses of incantations, meditations, and prayers; the nature of our predecessors' sleep and dreams--Ekirch reveals all these and more in his "monumental study" (The Nation) of sociocultural history, "maintaining throughout an infectious sense of wonder" (Booklist).

Synopsis:

"Remarkable....Ekirch has emptied night's pockets, and laid the contents out before us."--Arthur Krystal, The New Yorker

About the Author

A. Roger Ekirch is a professor of history at Virginia Tech and the award-winning author of At Day's Close and of Birthright. He lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393329018
Author:
Ekirch, A Roger
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Ekirch, A. Roger
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 in 0.86 lb

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