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By Edward Berenson,Eva Giloi

Railroads, telegraphs, lithographs, pictures, and mass periodicals-the significant technological advances of the nineteenth century appeared to scale down the gap setting apart humans from each other, developing new and it appears nearer, albeit hugely mediated, social relationships. Nowhere was once this phenomenon extra glaring than within the courting among famous person and fan, chief and follower, the recognized and the unknown. by way of mid-century, heroes and celebrities constituted a brand new and robust social strength, as recommendations in print and visible media made it attainable for traditional humans to spot with the well-known; to suppose they knew the hero, chief, or "star"; to visualize that public figures belonged to their deepest lives. This quantity examines the origins and nature of recent mass media and the tradition of superstar and reputation they helped to create. Crossing disciplines and nationwide limitations, the booklet makes a speciality of arts celebrities (Sarah Bernhardt, Byron and Liszt); charismatic political figures (Napoleon and Wilhelm II); well-known explorers (Stanley and Brazza); and celebrated fictional characters (Cyrano de Bergerac).

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