A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel

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First U.S. edition. Tracks the history of the transmission of the printed word to the reader. Intermixes his story with sub-plots concerning book thieves and anarchists, book burners and censors, and others. xii , 372 pages. cloth-backed boards, dust jacket.. 8vo..

About Alberto Manguel

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Alberto Manguel is an acclaimed, award-winning Canadian Argentine-born writer. As a teenager in Buenos Aires, he served as a reader for a blind Jorge Luis Borges. He currently lives in the south of France. Author website: alberto.manguel.com
Published January 1, 1996 by Viking. 320 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Rather, each chapter is a freestanding essay that takes up topics in the history of reading: the way reading has been taught and learned, how people read in public and in private, bookish means of divining the future, the idea of reading as a metaphor, the relation of that which is heard to that ...

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After an international success with his prize-winning A History of Reading, writer, novelist, translator and editor Manguel, a Buenos Aires ex-pat now living in Canada, returns with a series of meditations on why great art moves us.

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