Professor Stamelman’s book, Perfume: Joy, Scandal, Sin – A Cultural History of Fragrance from 1750 to the Present, gets a nice paragraph in the New York Times.

A good coffee-table book balances brains with sex appeal. Eye-popping pictures are not enough. “Perfume,” at first glance, looks like a bimbo but turns out to be a well-researched history of the subject, with wonderful historical illustrations from art and advertising. Richard Stamelman, a professor of romance languages and comparative literature at Williams College (and an honorary member of the Société Française des Parfumeurs), adopts the right tone, recognizing perfume as one of life’s harmless pleasures while carefully documenting its history, and its alluring presence in the works of Baudelaire, Colette and of course Patrick Süskind, the author of the novel “Perfume.”

Seems like the perfect holiday gift for the brainy/sexy Eph in your life. College press release here.

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