Shady Characters

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Beginning with a discussion of the pilcrow (the old paragraph sign) that encompasses the history of punctuation (or lack of) from ancient Greece to the typography of Eric Gill, Houston investigates the origins and evolution of an intriguing selection of symbols old (ampersand) and new (smiley), well known ('at') and obscure (interrobang). Telling the stories of characters such as the hyphen with its 'fearsome accompanying baggage', or the pointing manicule, the book offers a highly entertaining and illuminating history of written communication.

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Shady Characters

Shady Characters

The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols and Other Typographical Marks

Norton2013

Hardback352pp Illustrated

9780393064421     Product Code: 225197

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Beginning with a discussion of the pilcrow (the old paragraph sign) that encompasses the history of punctuation (or lack of) from ancient Greece to the typography of Eric Gill, Houston investigates the origins and evolution of an intriguing selection of symbols old (ampersand) and new (smiley), well known ('at') and obscure (interrobang). Telling the stories of characters such as the hyphen with its 'fearsome accompanying baggage', or the pointing manicule, the book offers a highly entertaining and illuminating history of written communication.

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