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Warm and Snug: A History of the Bed (Sutton History Classics) [Paperback]

Lawrence Wright
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20 May 2004 Sutton History Classics
This is a detailed and amusing look at the place where we spend a third of our lives - bed! Examples include a Neolithic stone bed from Skara Brae in the Orkneys, ornate early Renaissance beds, a mid-18th century bed from Chippendale's Chinese period and American metal folding beds.

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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New Ed edition (20 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750937289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750937283
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawrence Wright was a well-known architectural painter and he exhibited paintings, etchings and perspectives of contemporary buildings for many years at the Royal Academy and at the Guildhall Art Gallery. He was also a designer of historical exhibitions and from these developed his books, Warm and Snug, Clean and Decent (a history of the bathroom and water closet) and Home Fires Burning, a history.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bedside Stories 3 Jun 2008
A slightly scatter-gun but wonderfully warm, witty and entertaining survey of beds in history and the social mores that went with them. The real charm of this book is the author's voice - his inspired Chaucerian extrapolation of medieval wooing had me in stitches. Not to mention every chapter beginning mock-pedantically with "this was a time of the emerging middle-class"... Plus a wonderful collection of pictures. A book to spend the weekend in bed with, and a real cross-genre gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Content important 12 May 2014
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I knew the book was second hand so did not expect too much the content was more interesting than the condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light and comforting as a featherbed 21 Sep 2004
By Charles L. Felsenthal - Published on Amazon.com
Though it seems to have been well researched, this is not a scholarly work, at least not the usual kind. It is, rather, an informative, offbeat, and (at least to my mind) very funny account of humankind's efforts over the centuries to get a decent night's sleep. The arrangements, contraptions, and methods employed have been astonishingly varied and mostly unsatisfactory. Mr. Wright (a onetime R.A.F officer as I recall) is a graceful and witty writer, joining a somewhat Will Cuppy-ish sensibility to a smooth and civilized style. This has been for many years one of my favorite books (in the 1962 Routledge & Kegan Paul hardcover edition), and I'm delighted to see it back in print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun historical read 21 Sep 2010
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I don't know what type or sort of person would enjoy this book, but I certainly did.

This is fun history: entirely factual, quirky, and fast paced. I say that last as an approving nod to Wright, who adeptly breaks the book up into easy to digest pieces.
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