Palaces of Pleasure by Lee Jackson audiobook

Palaces of Pleasure: From Music Halls to the Seaside to Football, How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment

By Lee Jackson
Read by Liam Gerrard

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12.19 Hours 1
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The Victorians invented mass entertainment. As the nineteenth century's growing industrialized class acquired the funds and the free time to pursue leisure activities, their every whim was satisfied by entrepreneurs building new venues for popular amusement. Contrary to their reputation as dour, buttoned-up prudes, the Victorians reveled in these newly created "palaces of pleasure". In this vivid, captivating book, Lee Jackson 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 and human zoos 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 theater, and dance hall faltered in the face of commercial success. The Victorians' unbounded love of leisure created a nationally significant and influential economic force: the modern entertainment industry.

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The Victorians invented mass entertainment. As the nineteenth century's growing industrialized class acquired the funds and the free time to pursue leisure activities, their every whim was satisfied by entrepreneurs building new venues for popular amusement. Contrary to their reputation as dour, buttoned-up prudes, the Victorians reveled in these newly created "palaces of pleasure".

In this vivid, captivating book, Lee Jackson 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 and human zoos 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 theater, and dance hall faltered in the face of commercial success.

The Victorians' unbounded love of leisure created a nationally significant and influential economic force: the modern entertainment industry.

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Author Bio: Lee Jackson

Author Bio: Lee Jackson

Lee Jackson is a writer and novelist, as well as an acknowledged expert on the nineteenth-century metropolis. He has written several historical crime novels set in Victorian London. His popular website, The Dictionary of Victorian London, attracts two thousand unique visitors every day and is regularly cited by academics, genealogists, and novelists. Lee has lectured on Victorian topics for many popular libraries and museums in the London area.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English