The Century of Rubbish

Part II, France on the Eve of the Affair

“This is a remarkable century, which opened with the Revolution and ended with the Affaire! Perhaps it will be called the century of rubbish.” —Roger Martin du Gard

The century of industry must necessarily have been the century of industrial-scale waste. The first mass production of newspapers, pamphlets and magazines, must have produced with it a deluge…

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