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The Kit-Cat Club (Paperback): Ophelia Field

The Kit-Cat Club (Paperback)

Ophelia Field

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Ophelia Field's `Kit-Cat Club' is a story of a changing time in 17th-century Britain, during the reigns of Queen Anne and George I, when a group of men and their enterprising initiatives paved the way for new literary and political viewpoints, born out of the most unexpected circumstances. The Kit-Cat Club was founded in the late 1690s when Jacob Tonson, a bookseller of lowly birth, forged a partnership with the pie-maker Christopher (Kit) Cat. What began as an eccentric publishing rights deal - Tonson paying to feed hungry young writers and so receiving first option on their works - developed into a unique gathering of intellects and interests, then into the unofficial centre of Whig power during the reigns of William & Mary, Anne and George I. With consummate skill, Ophelia Field, author of the acclaimed biography of the first Duchess of Marlborough, `The Favourite', portrays this formative period in British history through the club's intimate lens. She describes the vicious Tory-Whig `paper wars', the mechanics of aristocratic patronage, the London theatre world and its battles over sexual morality, England's union with Scotland, Dublin society governed by a Kit-Cat and the hurly-burly of Westminster politics. Field expertly unravels the deceit, rivalry, friendships and fortunes lost and found through the club, along with wonderful descriptions of how its alcohol-fuelled, all-male meetings were conducted. Tracing the Kit-Cat Club's far-reaching influence for the first time, this group biography illuminates a time when Britain was searching for its own identity.

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Imprint: HarperPerennial
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: February 2009
Authors: Ophelia Field
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 524
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-717893-3
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities > Associations, clubs, societies
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities > Associations, clubs, societies > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects
Books > History > History of specific subjects > General
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LSN: 0-00-717893-X
Barcode: 9780007178933

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