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Living Dolls

Gaby Wood

Living Dolls by Gaby Wood, described by Joyce Carol Oates as ‘A treasure trove of marvels and information. Wittily and cogently written, this unusual cultural analysis provides us with unsettling insights into our historic fascination with human simulacra through the centuries.’

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571214662
Date Published
17.03.2003
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Summary

Living Dolls looks at humanity’s age-old obsession with moving dolls and speaking robots, intelligent machines and bionic men. It tells the remarkable story of men who wanted to play God – of the inventors and magicians who laboured for centuries to simulate life mechanically.

‘A meticulous account of the search for mechanical life . . . The best kind of popular history-of-ideas book, in the same league as Longitude.’ Jonathan Coe, Sunday Times

‘A treasure trove of marvels and information. Wittily and cogently written, this unusual cultural analysis provides us with unsettling insights into our historic fascination with human simulacra through the centuries.’ Joyce Carol Oates

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Gaby Wood was born in 1971. She read French at Cambridge University and is the author of a short work of non-fiction, The Smallest of All Persons Mentioned in the Records of Littleness. She has contributed to the Guardian and the London Review of Books, and is now a staff writer on the Observer. Living Dolls is her first full-length…

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