The Pleasures of the Imagination

English Culture in the Eighteenth Century
Brewer, John
Date published: 
March 2013

The Pleasures of the Imagination examines the birth and development of English "high culture" in the eighteenth century. It charts the growth of a literary and artistic world fostered by publishers, theatrical and musical impresarios, picture dealers and auctioneers, and presented to the public in coffee-houses, concert halls, libraries, theatres and pleasure gardens. John Brewer's enthralling book reveals to us a picture of English artistic and literary life in the eighteenth century less familiar, but more surprising and varied than any we have seen before.