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History of Reading

ISBN-10: 0143126717
ISBN-13: 9780143126713
Edition: Revised 
Authors: Alberto Manguel
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Description: Sometime in a reader’s early childhood, letters on the page of a book—a string of confused, alien ciphers—suddenly shiver into meaning in a magical instant. Words speak aloud and give up their secrets, opening up entire universes. In this re-release  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/26/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Sometime in a reader’s early childhood, letters on the page of a book—a string of confused, alien ciphers—suddenly shiver into meaning in a magical instant. Words speak aloud and give up their secrets, opening up entire universes. In this re-release of A History of Reading, essayist Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the 6000-year-old conversation between words and that magician without whom the book would be a lifeless object: the reader. With a new, impressive introduction by Manguel, he lingers over reading as seduction, as rebellion, as obsession, and goes on to trace the never-before-told story of the reader’s progress from clay tablet to scroll, codex to CD-ROM. 

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