One year ago today I was nervously waiting to see how The Philosophical Breakfast Club would fare once it was released into the world that day. I have to admit that I wondered whether it would “fall stillborn from the press,” as David Hume said of his Treatise of Human Nature. I couldn’t imagine how fortunate my book would be in finding its audience right away. I am grateful for all the readers who took the time to write reviews for Amazon, Goodreads, and the other internet sites. I also appreciate, very much, those who reviewed the book for newspapers, magazines, and journals. It was incredibly gratifying to see the wonderful reaction to the book by people who read and review books for a living!
Some of my favorite lines from the published reviews: “Snyder writes with the depth of a scholar and the beauty of a novelist” (Science News); “The lives and ideas of these men come across as fit for Masterpiece Theatre” (Wall Street Journal); “A fascinating story, one told with considerable charm” (Washington Times); “The members of the Philosophical Breakfast Club left behind some lavish gifts. This volume offers them up delightfully” (Economist); “A natural successor to Jenny Uglow’s The Lunar Men and Richard Holmes’s The Age of Wonder” (Washington Post); “Snyder succeeds famously in evoking the excitement, variety, and wide-open sense of possibility of the scientific life in nineteenth-century Britain” (American Scientist).
Heartfelt thanks to my readers, reviewers, my wonderful editor Vanessa Mobley, my incredible agent Howard Morhaim, all my friends who celebrated the book’s launch with me at the Lotos Club last February 22nd, and my son Leo, who was so excited he did a special “book dance” when we first saw The Philosophical Breakfast Club on the New Non-Fiction table at the Barnes and Noble earlier that day. It’s been quite a year!