"To illuminate the changing experience of work, this anthology draws upon a huge range of writers from classical antiquity to modern times: poets, dramatists, and novelists; theologians, economists, and philosophers; social investigators and journalists; diarists, letter-writers, and autobiographers. It explores many different forms of work, from ploughing a field to writing a poem, not forgetting housework and other forms of unpaid labour."--BOOK JACKET. "The delights of occupation and the harshness of compulsory labour are contrasted with the pleasures of rest and idleness."--BOOK JACKET. "Keith Thomas's compilation and introductory essay show that work does not just provide us with the means of subsistence; it also makes possible all the pleasures and achievements of civilization."--BOOK JACKET.