Manguel: A History of Reading

Cover of Manguel, A History of Reading

A wide-ranging and authoritative history of reading, drawing on the author’s own experiences to deliver an accessible and entertaining read.

From the book:

“…after a weekend spent with Agatha Christie and her second husband in their house in Devon, the English publisher Allen Lane, waiting for his train back to London, looked through the bookstalls at the station for something read. He found nothing that appealed to him among the popular magazines, the expensive hardbacks and the pulp fiction, and it occurred to him that what was needed was a line of cheap but good pocket-sized books. Back at The Bodley head, where Lane worked with his two brothers, he put forward his scheme. They would publish a series of brightly coloured paperback reprints of the best authors. They would not merely appeal to the common reader; they would tempt everyone who could read, highbrows and lowbrows alike. They would sell books not only in boostores and bookstalls, but also at tea-shops, stationers and tobacconists.”

A History of Reading
Flamingo
Hardback, Paperback, 1997
384pp
Alberto Manguel is an anthropolgist, translator and editor.

Contents

THE LAST PAGE
The last page
ACTS OF READING
Reading shadows
The silent readers
The book of memory
Learning to read
The missing first page
Picture reading
Being read to
The shape of the book
Metaphors of reading
POWERS OF THE READER
Beginnings
Ordainers of the Universe
Reading the future
The symbolic reader
Reading within walls
Stealing books
The author as reader
The translator as reader
Forbidden reading
The book fool
ENDPAPER PAGES
Notes

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