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At Day's Close: Night in Times Past

At Day's Close: Night in Times Past
Author: A. Roger Ekirch
ISBN 13: 9780393329018
ISBN 10: 393329011
Edition: N/A
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2006-10-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
List Price: $17.95

"Remarkable….Ekirch has emptied night's pockets, and laid the contents out before us."—Arthur Krystal, The New Yorker

The Washington Post - Jonathan Yardley

It's been thus for so many generations that we take it for granted: Night is when we go out, when we entertain, when we read, when -- of course -- we sleep. Yet in the long span of human history this is a relatively recent development. Not until "the period from 1730 to 1830," Ekirch argues in this interesting, original book, did the Western world undergo "such a sustained assault upon the nocturnal realm," and not until the 20th century and its near-universal use of artificial light did nighttime become what we know now. So At Day's Close is uncommonly welcome, for it covers ground that just about all others have ignored.