The Invention of Comfort: Sensibilities and Design in Early Modern Britain and Early America

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JHU Press, Feb 28, 2003 - History - 376 pages

How did our modern ideas of physical well-being originate? As John Crowley demonstrates in The Invention of Comfort, changes in sensible technology owed a great deal to fashion-conscious elites discovering discomfort in surroundings they earlier had felt to be satisfactory.

Written in an engaging style that will appeal to historians and material culture specialists as well as to general readers, this pathbreaking work brings together such disparate topics of analysis as climate, fire, food, clothing, the senses, and anxiety—especially about the night.

 

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Contents

TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AMENITY
3
FROM LUXURY TO COMFORT
111
THE LANDSCAPE OF COMFORT
203
Conclusion
290
Index
349
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John E. Crowley is the George Munro Professor of History at Dalhousie University. He is currently studying the creation of a global landscape in British visual culture c. 1750–1820.

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