Robert Darnton

Dr. Robert Darnton

Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University.

University Librarian, Emeritus, Harvard University.



Some recent publications

  • Darnton, R. (2014).

Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature. W. W. Norton.

  • Darnton, R. (2010).

The Devil in the Holy Water or the Art of Slander in France from Louis XIV to Napoleon. University of Pennsylvania Press.

  • Darnton, R. (2010).

Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris. Harvard University Press.

Texts to download

  • Darnton, R. (2015).

“The Demand for Literature in France, 1769– 1789, and the Launching of a Digital Archive”The Journal of Modern History, vol. 87, no. 3, pp. 509–531.

  • Darnton, R. (2013).

“Blogging, Now and Then (250 Years Ago)”European Romantic Review, 2013 vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 255–270.

  • Darnton, R. (2012).

“Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books”Columbia Journal of Law & The Arts, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 1-19.

  • Darnton, R. (2007).

“What is the history of books? Revisited”Modern Intellectual History, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 495-508.

  • Darnton, R. (1982).

“Work and Culture in an Eighteenth-Century Printing Shop”The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 34-47.

  • Darnton, R. (1982).

“What is the History of Books?”Daedalus, vol. 111, no. 3, pp. 65-83.

  • Darnton, R. (1973).

“The Encyclopedie Wars of Prerevolutionary France”The American Historical Review, vol. 78, no. 5, pp. 1331-1352.