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April 20, 2014

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Midway through The Hour of Parade, I rather mysteriously mention that Anne-Marie was, at a certain point, “well into her first sleep” when a significant event began, and I suppose I’ve wondered what readers made of this. I learned in researching the book that prior to 1800 or so, sleep for many in Western Europe and, to a lessor extent, North America, was profoundly different than in our modern times, regulated as we are by alarms, sleep aids and artificial illumination.
In early modern times, p...

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