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Author Manguel, Alberto.
Title A history of reading / by Alberto Manguel.
Published New York : Viking, 1996.
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 Floor4  Z1003 .M292 1996    IN LIBRARY
Edition 1st American ed.
Description 372 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Note Folded chart titled: Reader's timeline, inserted in center of book.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-353) and index.
Contents The Last Page -- Reading Shadows -- The Silent Readers -- The Book of Memory -- Learning to Read -- The Missing First Page -- Picture Reading -- Being Read To -- The Shape of the Book -- Private Reading -- Metaphors of Reading -- Beginnings -- Ordainers of the Universe -- Reading the Future -- The Symbolic Reader -- Reading within Walls -- Stealing Books -- The Author as Reader -- The Translator as Reader -- Forbidden Reading -- The Book Fool -- Endpaper Pages.
Summary At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book - that string of confused, alien ciphers - shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader. Noted 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. Manguel 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.
Subject Books and reading -- History.
ISBN 0670843024
9780670843022 (acid-free paper)
OCLC number 34633305