Steven Shapin: A Wakefull and Civill Drink, 20 April 2006
Show More The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffee House by Brian Cowan.
Yale, 364 pp., £25, January 2006, 0 300 10666 1Show More
Coffee House: A Cultural History by Markman Ellis.
Phoenix, 304 pp., £8.99, November 2005, 0 7538 1898 1Show More
“... of all that talk about new forms of sociability? Does coffee itself have anything to do with it? Markman Ellis’s book is livelier and more wide-ranging than Cowan’s, extending its inquiry through 18th-century England to the great 19th-century Viennese coffee houses, and, further, into the world of espresso-drinking 1950s Londoners and early ...”