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Telling Time: Clocks, Diaries, And English Diurnal Form, 1660-1785 Paperback – 2 Apr 1997

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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (2 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226752771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226752778
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,078,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his well-known essay on "Time, Work-Discipline and Industrial Capitalism," E. P. Thompson coins a telling phrase to pinpoint his elusive topic. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful, insightful read 12 May 2000
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Format: Hardcover
"Telling Time" is a beautifully written, insightful exploration into the emergence of clocks and personal diaries, and why they came about at the same time. Sherman is clearly a scholar of his subject as well as that rarity--an academic who is able to write clearly, cleanly and without needless and clumsy jargon. It is packed with information and cogent analysis. "Telling Time" is a must-read for scholars of the subject, as well as the interested general reader. I highly recommend it.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Novel - A MUST Read 28 Jan. 2004
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Format: Paperback
Stuart Sherman's "Telling Time" was the most enjoyable, thoughtful, and thought provoking book I have read since "Catcher in the Rye". Sherman cleary and enjoyably shows the beginning of clocks in the 18th century. A MUST read for sure.
3 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Telling Time--Waste of Time 17 Jan. 2000
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Format: Paperback
It would be a complete waste of time to read "Telling Time." Why? Neither it nor the literature discussed is very good. It is about the dregs of prose from the 18th century in England. BOR-RING. It is my opinion that it is the sort of book destined to cause a minor amount of deforestation and then sit on library shelves unread, or read or skimmed by a very few who must read it for professional reasons. It is also my opinion that it is the sort of perfunctory book which professors must write from time to time in order to put the fact of its publication into their Curriculum Vitae.
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