Keith Thomas is an important British historian whose work should be more widely known in America. He writes about how early modern people—from the aristocrat to the laborer—conceived of life’s purposes. Terry Eagleton has written that “as far as society is concerned, I as an individual am utterly dispensable.” Why don’t I “join a circus or take an overdose”? Eag (...)
September 10, 2010
The Way We Were
The Ends of Life Roads to Fulfillment in Early Modern EnglandKeith ThomasOxford University Press, $24.95, 416 pp.
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