Author event with Victorianist Lee Jackson

The Reading Agency and Yale University Press are pleased to announce an author event with Victorianist Lee Jackson, author of Palaces of Pleasure: How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment.

In his latest book, Lee charts the rise of well-known institutions such as gin palaces, music halls, seaside resorts and football clubs, as well as the more peculiar attractions of the pleasure garden and international exposition, ranging from parachuting monkeys to theme park thrill rides. He explores how vibrant mass entertainment came to dominate leisure time and how the attempts of religious groups and secular improvers to curb ‘immorality’ in the pub, variety theatre and dance hall faltered in the face of commercial success. You can find out more about the book here.

The event is to be hosted online on Wednesday 25th August (7-8PM).

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