Palimpsest

Palimpsest

A History of the Written Word

Norton2015

Hardback274pp Illustrated233x152mm

9780393058857     Product Code: 508043

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‘There is a favoured metaphor for writing’s tangled skein of overlapping figurations: the palimpsest.’ In this history, Matthew Battles reflects on the reasons for writing, its origins and how it is shaped by human peculiarities; and he attempts to untangle the threads of its history, from primitive marks, through cuneiform, Chinese characters, Holy writ and movable type to digital display.

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