Franklin

The Warlow experiment : a novel / Alix Nathan.

Author/Creator:
Nathan, Alix author.
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication:
New York : Doubleday, [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
258 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects:
England -- Social conditions -- History -- 18th century -- Fiction.
Social conditions.
England.
Form/Genre:
Novels.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Fiction.
History.
Novels.
Historical fiction.
Summary:
Herbert Powyss lives in an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman's fashionable investigations and experiments in botany. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science--something consequential enough to present to the Royal Society in London. He hits on a radical experiment in isolation: For seven years a subject will inhabit three rooms in the basement of the manor house, fitted out with rugs, books, paintings, and even a chamber organ. Meals will arrive thrice daily via a dumbwaiter. The solitude will be totally unrelieved by any social contact whatsoever; the subject will keep a diary of his daily thoughts and actions. The pay: fifty pounds per annum, for life. Only one man is desperate to apply for the job: John Warlow, a semi-literate laborer with a wife and six children to provide for. The experiment, a classic Enlightenment exercise gone more than a little mad, will have unforeseen consequences for all included.
Other format:
Online version: Nathan, Alix. Warlow experiment
ISBN:
9780385545334
0385545339
OCLC:
1076499935
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