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Palaces of Pleasure

(2019)
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An energetic and exhilarating account of the Victorian entertainment industry, its extraordinary success and enduring impact

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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Hardback Editions

April 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Palaces of Pleasure: From Music Halls to the Seaside to Football, How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment
Author(s): Lee Jackson
ISBN: 0-300-22463-X / 978-0-300-22463-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yale University Press
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Paperback Editions

August 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Palaces of Pleasure: From Music Halls to the Seaside to Football, How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment
Author(s): Lee Jackson
ISBN: 0-300-25478-4 / 978-0-300-25478-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yale University Press
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Audio Editions

June 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Palaces of Pleasure: From Music Halls to the Seaside to Football, How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment
Author(s): Lee Jackson
ISBN: 1-977319-22-X / 978-1-977319-22-7
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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June 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Palaces of Pleasure: From Music Halls to the Seaside to Football, How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment
Author(s): Lee Jackson
ISBN: 1-977369-22-7 / 978-1-977369-22-2
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Palaces of Pleasure: From Music Halls to the Seaside to Football, How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment
Author(s): Lee Jackson
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Palaces of Pleasure: From Music Halls to the Seaside to Football, How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment
Author(s): Lee Jackson
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Palaces of Pleasure: From Music Halls to the Seaside to Football, How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment
Author(s): Lee Jackson
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Palaces of Pleasure: From Music Halls to the Seaside to Football, How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment
Author(s): Lee Jackson
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2019 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Palaces of Pleasure: From Music Halls to the Seaside to Football, How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment
Author(s): Lee Jackson
Publisher: Yale University Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA