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A History of Reading (Globalities) Hardcover – 28 Mar 2003

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (28 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861891601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861891600
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,439,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Of the three volumes in Steven Roger Fischer's hugely ambitious and sedulously executed trilogy, the first two dealt with language and writing. This one, however, is the most suggestive and open, dedicated not only to the technicalities of his subject but to the everyday experience of communication... Fischer lets his historical readers speak for themselves, ceaselessly seduced by textual magic The Independent Starting from the Bronze Age and ending with modern emails and a possible future of e-books, Steven Fischer's A History of Reading takes in a wonderful diversity of things Nature It's an exciting story, which the author tells clearly and chronologically Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Steven Roger Fischer is Director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures in Auckland, New Zealand. "A History of Reading" is the final book in Fischer's trilogy for Reaktion, which also includes "A History of Language" and "A History of Writing."

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Theoretically inferior 24 April 2014
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This book is all but guaranteed to both bore and frustrate academic or theoretically advanced readers. This, alas, is a problem that strikes a lot of histories of reading (Manguel's is marginally better, but not by a ton). I confess that I never made it all the way through -- tossed it back onto the shelf and ordered used copies of Ong and Havelock instead.
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