Incluye bibliografía e índice. CONTENIDO: The public problem. The public domain -- Roles -- The public world of the ancien régime. The audience: a gathering of strangers -- Public roles -- Public and private -- Man as actor -- The turmoil of public life in the 19th century. The impact of industrial capitalism on public life -- Personality in public -- The public men of the 19th century -- Collective personality -- The intimate society. The end of public culture -- Charisma becomes uncivilized -- Community becomes uncivilized -- The actor deprived of his art -- The tyrannies of intimacy.