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Clean and Decent: The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and the Water-Closet
     

Clean and Decent: The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and the Water-Closet

by Lawrence Wright
 
Who would have supposed that the Romans had lagged hot-water pipes? That Queen Elizabeth I had a valve water-closet? That Louis XIV had cushions in his bath? That sponges have sex? Clean & Decent, says the author, 'is meant to entertain, even if scholarship does keep breaking through.' Subtitled 'The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and the Water-closet, and of

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Who would have supposed that the Romans had lagged hot-water pipes? That Queen Elizabeth I had a valve water-closet? That Louis XIV had cushions in his bath? That sponges have sex? Clean & Decent, says the author, 'is meant to entertain, even if scholarship does keep breaking through.' Subtitled 'The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and the Water-closet, and of sundry Habits, Fashions and Accessories of the Toilet', Clean & Decent offers a fascinating excursion into the household's most private room. Informative and hilarious, it suggests that more may be learnt about the past from bathrooms than battlefields, and that patterns of social history may be mirrored in the bathwater or found locked in the water-closet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141390352
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Austin, Texas
Date of Birth:
August 2, 1947
Place of Birth:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Education:
B.A., Tulane University, 1969; M.A. (Applied Linguistics), American University in Cairo, 1971
Website:
http://www.lawrencewright.com

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