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Description - The Sensational Past by Carolyn Purnell

Blindfolding children from birth. Playing a piano made of live cats. Using tobacco to cure drowning. Wearing "flea"-coloured clothes. These actions seem odd to us but in the eighteenth century they made sense. As Carolyn Purnell persuasively shows, while our bodies may not change dramatically, the way we think about the senses and put them to use has been rather different over the ages. Journeying through the past three hundred years, Purnell explores how people used their senses in ways that might shock now. Using culinary history, fashion, medicine, music and many other aspects of Enlightenment life, she demonstrates that, even though we may be human, over time we have used our senses in very different ways. In this clever, witty work, Purnell reminds us of the value of daily life and the power of the smallest aspects of existence.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393249378
ISBN-10: 0393249379
Format: Hardback
(218mm x 150mm x 23mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 21-Mar-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Carolyn Purnell

Carolyn Purnell received her PhD from the University of Chicago. She is a history instructor, an interior design writer, and a lover of bizarre facts. This is her first book.

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