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A History of Reading Paperback – August 26, 2014
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This book contains some of the best writing about reading, encompassing the 6,000-year recorded history of this oldest of media--books. I should note that its dust-jacket surpasses mere decoration: Remove it, flip it open, and there is a lovely timeline of the history of reading to post next to your reading chair. An absolutely delightful book and, not surprisingly, Very Highly Recommended. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Writer, translator, and editor Manguel (In Another Part of the Forest, LJ 6/15/94) has produced a personal and original book on reading. In 22 chapters, we find out such things as how scientists, beginning in ancient Greece, explain reading; how Walt Whitman viewed reading; how Princess Enheduanna, around 2300 B.C., was one of the few women in Mesopotamia to read and write; and how Manguel read to Jorge Luis Borges when he became blind. Manguel selects whatever subject piques his interest, jumping backward and forward in time and place. Readers might be wary of such a miscellaneous, erudite book, but it manages to be invariably interesting, intriguing, and entertaining. Over 140 illustrations show, among other things, anatomical drawings from 11th-century Egypt, painting of readers, cathedral sculptures, and stone tables of Sumerian students. The result is a fascinating book to dip into or read cover to cover. For public and academic libraries.?Nancy Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C.
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