A history of reading

Front Cover
Viking, Sep 1, 1996 - History - 372 pages
2 Reviews
As it traces the magical, joyful, and mysterious craft of reading, this book spills over with scandalous tales of book thieves, book burners, censors, and anarchists; of the women of 11th-century Japan, who had to invent their own reading material; of the African American slaves forbidden to read under penalty of death. Replete with over 140 arcane and beautiful illustrations, this witty and ambitious book will delight every reader--from the browser to the bookworm.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

A history of reading

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Reading Shadows
27
The Silent Readers
41
The Book of Memory
55
Copyright

6 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information