A History of Reading

A History of Reading

by Alberto Manguel
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A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143126713
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 152,052
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Internationally acclaimed as an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist and editor, Alberto Manguel is the bestselling author of several award-winning books, including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading. He was born in Buenos Aires, moved to Canada in 1982 and now lives in France, where he was named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

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History of Reading 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
merrycoz More than 1 year ago
Manguel's love of books and readers shines through in this collection of essays that take us through most of history and around the world. Well researched, but it's never dry; it reads like a chat with a friend. I've read this book four or five times and dip into it whenever I want a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago