Robert Darnton

Dr. Robert Darnton

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

University Librarian, Emeritus, Harvard University.



Some recent publications

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

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

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

Texts to download

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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