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"[A] fascinating and carefully researched volume ... This way of looking at history, moving outward from the particulars of everyday life, is particularly thrilling."-Los Angeles Times

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"[A] fascinating and carefully researched volume ... This way of looking at history, moving outward from the particulars of everyday life, is particularly thrilling."-Los Angeles Times

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Joan DeJean is the author of nine books on French literature, history, and culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She is Trustee Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught for eighteen years. She divides her time between Philadelphia and Paris.

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It may seem strange to think of the sofa as an agent of cultural change. Yet The Age of Comfort... shows how it not only helped transform the way homes were designed but also struck a blow to longstanding norms of social order. New York Times [A] fascinating and surprising study. Boston Globe Fascinating, immensely readable. Allure.com Lively and engaging... A uniquely focused social history that will find broad appeal among scholars and casual historians alike. The Magazine Antiques Gives us the vivid personalities who broke with convention by following their own whims... You don't need to be a Francophile to read this book, but you will be one by the time you finish it. T: The New York Times Style Magazine An entertaining account of how home life was virtually reinvented in Paris from 1670 to 1765... Well researched and brimming with anecdotes and architectural and design details. Publishers Weekly

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