The Coffee-House

The Coffee-House

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When the first coffee-house opened in London in 1652, customers were bewildered by this strange new drink from Turkey. But those who tried coffee were soon won over. More coffee-houses were opened across London and, in the following decades, in America and Europe. For a hundred years the coffee-house occupied the centre of urban life. Merchants held auctions of goods, writers and poets conducted discussions, scientists demonstrated experiments and gave lectures, philanthropists deliberated reforms. Coffee-houses thus played a key role in the explosion of political, financial, scientific and literary change in the 18th century. In the 19th century the coffee-house declined, but the 1950s witnessed a dramatic revival in the popularity of coffee with the appearance of espresso machines and the coffee bar', and the 1990s saw the arrival of retail chains like Starbucks.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 22mm | 421.85g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 12 B/W Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0753818981
  • 9780753818985
  • 1,705,824

About Markman Ellis

Markman Ellis was educated at the universities of Auckland and Cambridge, and now teaches 18th-century literature and culture at Queen Mary, University of London. He has published books on the sentimental novel and gothic fiction, and articles on many topics in 18th-century studies, including georgic poetry, slavery, kangaroos and lap-dogs.show more

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'Markman Ellis's fascinating and wide-ranging cultural history explores the evolution of the a phenomenon that started in Constantinople in 1554 and soon took the world by storm.' THE INDEPENDENT '[In] this wonderful book... Ellis percolates a comforting cup of inspiration for the future.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE '[a] scholarly but always readable account' DAILY MAIL 'Markman Ellis has written a scholarly, well researched and thoroughly entertaining book. This is a hot, bubbling volume to be sipped and savoured.' SUNDAY MERCURY 'Detailed and meticulously researched... would interest anyone with an enthusiasm for social history.' NEW BOOKS (May/June 06)show more

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