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Everything Explained That Is Explainable! : The Creation of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s
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The eleventh edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica represents the high point of optimism and belief in human progress that dominated Anglo-Saxon vision since the Enlightenment, combining scholarship and readability in a way no previous encyclopedia had or ever has again.In Everything Explained That Is Explainable, Denis Boyles tells the story of the American tycoon Horace Everett Hooper, the brash natural-born salesman who found an outdated set of reference books gathering dust in a warehouse, bought them for almost nothing, repackaged them, and sold them on credit as "one-shelf libraries" to farmers. The author writes how Hooper and his partner, Henry Haxton, found theEncyclopædia Britannica, went to the then-struggling London Times in search of new ways to increase its readership, and produced and sold theEncyclopædia Britannica through the then unheard-of notion of the Times Book Club.In a frenzy of effort and fanatical conviction, the eleventh edition was put together. It consisted of contributions by the most admired writers, thinkers, and scientists of the day, including John Muir, Lord Macaulay, G. K. Chesterton, Edmund Husserl, Bertrand Russell, and W. M. Rossetti, among others.
Number of Pages: 11135
Genre: History, Reference
Publisher: Highbridge Co
Author: Denis Boyles
Street Date: June 7, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-2638
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