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The Solid Form Of Language: An Essay On Writing And Meaning

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ISBN-13: 978-1894031882
ISBN-10: 1894031881
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“Robert Bringhurst’s seminal essay about the nature and classification of written language is now available, revised and updated, in the form of a small, well-made book … Get a copy, stick it in your pocket, and go off and contemplate all the forms the written language can take.” John D. Berry for creativepro.com

“It takes a special kind of mind to worry over such issues; it also takes a special kind of writer to so clearly lay them out.” Carmine Starnino, Globe and Mail

“After reading ths impossibly exquisitely designed little treatise, one can never see or hear language again as a simple necessity, but as an element of life itself – like water.” George Elliott Clarke, Halifax Chronicle Herald

About the Author

Robert Bringhurst is a poet, typographer and linguist, well known for his award-winning translations of the Haida storytellers Skaay and Ghandl, and for his translations of the early Greek philosopher-poet Parmenides. His manual The Elements of Typographic Style has itself been translated into ten languages and is now one of the world’s most influential texts on typographic design. Among his most recent publications is a pair of essay collections, The Tree of Meaning (GP, 2006) and Everywhere Being is Dancing (GP, 2007). Bringhurst lives on Quadra Island, off the British Columbia coast.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 75 pages
  • Publisher: Gaspereau Pr (September 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894031881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894031882
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Maria Laura Garrido on November 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Solid Form of Language, helps me to know about how connected is the way we write with the way we think. How connected are the social, religious and political issues with the graphic way of our language. Typography is not only the visible form of our words, but the way "someone" decided how we have to articulate the sound of our thoughts and desires.

It is an excellent research of the history of the graphic form of language of almost the entire world.

I think every type-educator, type researcher or type fan has to read it.
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Typographically beautiful, lovely letterpress wrapper, Robert Bringhurst fans will definitely want to acquire this underpriced gem. Also highly recommended for fans of poetry, language and languages/linguistics.
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