Inventor of the Disposable Culture: King Camp Gillette 1855-1932 (Short Lives)

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King Camp Gillette’s disposable safety razor revolutionized a time-consuming chore and made its creator a very rich man. In this incisive biography, Tim Dowling examines the contradictions at the heart of the razor king, a socialist utopian who fulminated against the evils of capitalism in his radical tracts, while at the same time zealously embracing his role as the father of the disposable economy.

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In 1894, a traveling bottle cap salesman named King Camp Gillette had an idea that would change the world... or so he thought. In fact, it was while refining this idea—a utopian metropolis powered by Niagara Falls—that he hit upon a more practical notion that would indeed change the world. Gillette’s disposable safety razor revolutionized a time–consuming chore and made its creator a very rich man. In this incisive biography, Tim Dowling examines the contradictions at the heart of the razor king, a dreamy socialist who fulminated against the evils of capitalism in his radical tracts while at the same time zealously embracing his role as the father of the disposable economy.

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Born in Connecticut, Tim Dowling moved to London in 1992. He writes for the Guardian and The Times, and is currently working on a book on fatherhood.

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