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At Day's Close


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No other book on this subject Outcome of 20 years of research on the nighttime 'In his fascinating survey of the dark hours of the pre-industrial era, A Roger Ekirch takes us deep into an age when the very lack of light threw life into confusion...[an] engrossing book that illuminates the darker recesses of the past' Sunday Telegraph 'A comprehensive account of nightlife...bursting with esoteric and well-sourced information about everything from candles and curfews to church bells and chamber pots' Evening Standard 'A wonderful revelation of a vanished age of darkness' Spectator

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Professor A. Roger Ekirch was born in 1950 in America. He teaches at Virginia Tech. On the basis of his research into the nighttime, Ekirch was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.


'Just the sort of browsable treat guaranteed to cause insomnia.' THE SCOTSMAN (29/4/06) 'Wonderful... Ekirch spares no pains to rediscover the lost world of the dark. ... A book that can't be summarised but must be experienced.' -- David Wootton LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS (9/3/06) 'Night-time has been curiously ignored by social historians. This fine book corrects that lack. ... Entertaining and informative, this book is also challenging.' THE TIMES (25/3/06) 'Ekirch's absorbing history reveals an alternative universe shaped by real and imaginary perils.' SUNDAY TIMES (23/4/06) 'This enlightening book ... is one of the most fascinating and rewarding literary experiences you are likely to discover this year.' HERTS & ESSEX OBSERVER (11/5/06)

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