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The History of Reading

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  • A History of Reading (Flamingo) – Trade paperback (1997)
    by Alberto Manguel

    A History of Reading

    Trade paperback, Flamingo
    1997
    English
    384 pages

    ISBN: 0006546811
    ISBN-13: 9780006546818

    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 ... Show more

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