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Palaces of pleasure : from music halls to the seaside to football, how the victorians invented mass entertainment

Title
Palaces of pleasure : from music halls to the seaside to football, how the victorians invented mass entertainment / Lee Jackson.
ISBN
9780300224634
030022463X
9780300254785
Publication
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]
Physical Description
xii, 304 pages, 16 unnumberd pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Notes
"First published in paperback in 2021."--Title page verso.
Summary
The Victorians invented mass entertainment. As the nineteenth century's growing industrialized class acquired the funds and the free time to pursue leisure activities, their desires were satiated by determined entrepreneurs building new venues for popular amusement. Contrary to their reputation as dour, buttoned-up prudes, the Victorians reveled in these newly created "palaces of pleasure." In this vivid, captivating book, Lee Jackson charts the rise of well-known institutions such as gin palaces, music halls, seaside resorts and football clubs, as well as the more peculiar thrills of the pleasure-garden and international expo, from parachuting monkeys to human zoos. He explores how vibrant mass entertainment came to dominate leisure time and how the attempts of religious groups and secular improvers to curb "immorality" in the pub, music hall, and dance hall faltered in the face of commercial success. The Victorians' unbounded love of leisure created a nationally significant and influential economic force: the entertainment industry.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
October 11, 2019
Bibliography
Includes bibliographicla references (pages 287-296) and index.
Genre/Form
History.
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