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From the Publisher"...aims to demonstrate the existence not so much of individual celebrities as of a 'recognizably modern celebrity culture' before the twentieth century....The essays in this book make a convincing case for the sorrows of celebrity, as well as its alleged charms, in the prephotographic, pre-cinematic age."
-Michael Caines, TLS
"Tom Mole’s collection of essays offers a wide and intriguing range of examples of celebrity culture in the decades between 1750 and 1850 and shows to what enormous extent the Romantic age was defined and sustained by the rise of superstars and their masses of devoted adherents....Mole’s collection of well-written essays is an indispensable supplement to the numerous histories of and companions to Romanticism. Correcting our image of the Romantic period as a time of diaphanous idealism, the contributors to Mole’s book acquaint us with ‘the other Romantics’: the stars on the stages and in the boxing rings, the lions of the salons and the press and their fans elevating them like waves, leaves and clouds and letting them fall ruthlessly onto the thorns of life. And for all those who despair of the inflation of superstars in our post-modern age the book offers the consoling thought that we are closer to the Romantic age than we thought we were."
"This volume is clearly a valuable study of the history of celebrity, but its essays also highlight significant moments in the broader histories of print media, theatre, the public sphere, and modern subjectivity. By shining a limelight on this history of celebrity, the volume serves to show how celebrity is increasingly making its presence justifiably felt in broader literary, performance, and cultural histories."
-John Plunkett, Victoriographies