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I Hope I Don't Intrude – Privacy and its Dilemmas in Nineteenth-Century Britain - Oxford Scholarship Online
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I Hope I Don't Intrude: Privacy and its Dilemmas in Nineteenth-Century Britain

David Vincent


This book takes its title from the catchphrase of the eponymous hero of the 1825 play Paul Pry, which was an immense success on the London stage and subsequently around the English-speaking world. It tackles the complex, multifaceted subject of privacy in nineteenth-century Britain by examining the debates that the trope of Paul Pry illuminated. The book presents a history of privacy conducted through a biography of a polymorphous fictional character embodied in myriad forms. The book uses a new kind of social history, using dense archival research to trace a cultural artefact through every as ... More

Keywords: privacy, surveillance, theatre, mass communication, state, family, popular culture, consumption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198725039
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Vincent, author
Professor of Social History, The Open University

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