A History of Reading

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9780006546818: A History of Reading

This study of the history of reading goes from the earliest examples of the clay tablets and cuneiform of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt via the invention of printing in the 15th century to the birth of a mass reading public and today's digital revolution. It argues that it is the demands and expectations of the reader, acting alongside the creative will of the writer, that is the evolutionary motor of literary forms and genres. From man's first use of the written word simply as a form of reference, to the emergence of the first holy or devotional texts, and onto the development of fictions, both poetic and novelistic, this work aims to both challenge and enlighten.

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Manguel Alberto : History of Reading From clay tablets to CD-ROM, from book thieves to book burners, bibliophiles, book fools and saints, noted essayist Alberto Manguel follows the quirky and passionate 4,000-year-old history of the written work whose true hero is the reader. Photos & line drawings. Full description

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Praise for" A History of Reading: "
"Ingenious...a veritable museum of literacy. One feels envious of his passion...through it, his gift becomes our own."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Manguel has taken on the daunting subject of our own passion for books and succeeded in turning it into a passionate book of his own."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
"No one who follows Manguel's narrative to its conclusion need ever again feel guilty about putting off errands, chores, the bills, the kids, sleep--whatever--and curling up with a good, or even a great, book."--"Newsweek"
"Manguel is a generous companion...he remains, in the proper sense of the word, an 'amateur, ' a lover rather than a specialist."--George Steiner, "the New Yorker"
"Richly detailed and utterly fascinating...what lifts "A History of Reading" above mere charm and idiosyncrasy is Manguel's reader's soul. A few hours passed with [his] book will remind anyone who needs reminding that an astonishing bond exists between word and world."--Sven Birkerts, "Boston Magazine"
"A highly entertaining overview that leaves us with both a new appreciation of our own bibliomania and a deeper understanding of the role that the written word has played throughout history."--"The New York Times"
"""Manguel's digressions are delightful, his anecdotes appealing, and his stories scintillating. What might have been no more than one dammed thing after another turns out to be, at the handsof this splendid raconteur, one divine thing after another....It is all utterly beguiling."--"The Boston Sunday Globe"
"Impressionistic, engrossing."--"Time"
"An entertaining, provocative, and informative book."--"The Washington Post"
"Tickles, surprises, and amuses."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
"Impressive, engaging."--"The Washington Times"
"Erudite and original."--"The Miami Herald"
"Enormously entertaining."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"A wonderful merger of scholarship and personal essay....Manguel writes so beautifully and felicitously that he infects us with enthusiasm again and again."--Philip Lopate
"Manguel's urbane, unpretentious tone recalls that of a friend eager to share his knowledge and enthusiasm. His book, digressive, witty, surprising, is a pleasure."--"Kirkus"
"Highly enjoyable....I finished the book with a sense of gratitude to have shared this journey through time in the company of a mind so lively, knowledgeable, and sympathetic."--P. D. James
"An eclectic and deeply felt history of reading. It is a history illuminated by an acute sensibility....An unfailingly engaging work."--"School Library Journal"
"Unique, enlightening, and as captivating as a celebration of reading should be."--"Booklist"
"Interesting, intriguing, and entertaining."--"Library Journal"
"Erudition and memoir are beautifully wed in this stimulating and provocative book."--"Virginia Quarterly Review"

Praise for" A History of Reading: "
"Ingenious...a veritable museum of literacy. One feels envious of his passion...through it, his gift becomes our own."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Manguel has taken on the daunting subject of our own passion for books and succeeded in turning it into a passionate book of his own."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
"No one who follows Manguel's narrative to its conclusion need ever again feel guilty about putting off errands, chores, the bills, the kids, sleep--whatever--and curling up with a good, or even a great, book."--"Newsweek"
"Manguel is a generous companion...he remains, in the proper sense of the word, an 'amateur, ' a lover rather than a specialist."--George Steiner, "the New Yorker"
"Richly detailed and utterly fascinating...what lifts "A History of Reading" above mere charm and idiosyncrasy is Manguel's reader's soul. A few hours passed with [his] book will remind anyone who needs reminding that an astonishing bond exists between word and world."--Sven Birkerts, "Boston Magazine"
"A highly entertaining overview that leaves us with both a new appreciation of our own bibliomania and a deeper understanding of the role that the written word has played throughout history."--"The New York Times"
"""Manguel's digressions are delightful, his anecdotes appealing, and his stories scintillating. What might have been no more than one dammed thing after another turns out to be, at the handsof this splendid raconteur, one divine thing after another....It is all utterly beguiling."--"The Boston Sunday Globe"
"Impressionistic, engrossing."--"Time"
"An entertaining, provocative, and informative book."--"The Washington Post"
"Tickles, surprises, and amuses."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
"Impressive, engaging."--"The Washington Times"
"Erudite and original."--"The Miami Herald"
"Enormously entertaining."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"A wonderful merger of scholarship and personal essay....Manguel writes so beautifully and felicitously that he infects us with enthusiasm again and again."--Philip Lopate
"Manguel's urbane, unpretentious tone recalls that of a friend eager to share his knowledge and enthusiasm. His book, digressive, witty, surprising, is a pleasure."--"Kirkus"
"Highly enjoyable....I finished the book with a sense of gratitude to have shared this journey through time in the company of a mind so lively, knowledgeable, and sympathetic."--P. D. James
"An eclectic and deeply felt history of reading. It is a history illuminated by an acute sensibility....An unfailingly engaging work."--"School Library Journal"
"Unique, enlightening, and as captivating as a celebration of reading should be."--"Booklist"
"Interesting, intriguing, and entertaining."--"Library Journal"
"Erudition and memoir are beautifully wed in this stimulating and provocative book."--"Virginia Quarterly Review"

Praise for A History of Reading:
Ingenious a veritable museum of literacy. One feels envious of his passion through it, his gift becomes our own. The New York Times Book Review
Manguel has taken on the daunting subject of our own passion for books and succeeded in turning it into a passionate book of his own. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
No one who follows Manguel s narrative to its conclusion need ever again feel guilty about putting off errands, chores, the bills, the kids, sleep whatever and curling up with a good, or even a great, book. Newsweek
Manguel is a generous companion he remains, in the proper sense of the word, an amateur, a lover rather than a specialist. George Steiner, the New Yorker
Richly detailed and utterly fascinating what lifts A History of Reading above mere charm and idiosyncrasy is Manguel s reader s soul. A few hours passed with [his] book will remind anyone who needs reminding that an astonishing bond exists between word and world. Sven Birkerts, Boston Magazine
A highly entertaining overview that leaves us with both a new appreciation of our own bibliomania and a deeper understanding of the role that the written word has played throughout history. The New York Times
Manguel s digressions are delightful, his anecdotes appealing, and his stories scintillating. What might have been no more than one dammed thing after another turns out to be, at the handsof this splendid raconteur, one divine thing after another .It is all utterly beguiling. The Boston Sunday Globe
Impressionistic, engrossing. Time
An entertaining, provocative, and informative book. The Washington Post
Tickles, surprises, and amuses. The Philadelphia Inquirer
Impressive, engaging. The Washington Times
Erudite and original. The Miami Herald
Enormously entertaining. San Francisco Chronicle
A wonderful merger of scholarship and personal essay .Manguel writes so beautifully and felicitously that he infects us with enthusiasm again and again. Philip Lopate
Manguel s urbane, unpretentious tone recalls that of a friend eager to share his knowledge and enthusiasm. His book, digressive, witty, surprising, is a pleasure. Kirkus
Highly enjoyable .I finished the book with a sense of gratitude to have shared this journey through time in the company of a mind so lively, knowledgeable, and sympathetic. P. D. James
An eclectic and deeply felt history of reading. It is a history illuminated by an acute sensibility .An unfailingly engaging work. School Library Journal
Unique, enlightening, and as captivating as a celebration of reading should be. Booklist
Interesting, intriguing, and entertaining. Library Journal
Erudition and memoir are beautifully wed in this stimulating and provocative book. Virginia Quarterly Review"

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