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A history of reading and writing in the Western world

Author: Martyn Lyons
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Lyons surveys the changing relationships enjoyed by ordinary men and women with the written word, from early times to the present day.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martyn Lyons
ISBN: 9780230001619 0230001610 9780230001626 0230001629
OCLC Number: 423584406
Description: viii, 267 p. : ill ; 25 cm.
Contents: What is the history of reading and writing? --
Reading and writing in the ancient and medieval world --
Was there a printing revolution? --
Print and the Protestant Reformation --
Renaissance books and humanist readers --
Print and popular culture --
The rise of literacy in the early modern West, c. 1600-c.1800 --
Censorship and the reading public in pre-revolutionary France --
The reading fever, 1750-1830 --
The age of the mass reading public --
New readers and reading cultures --
The democratisation of writing, 1800 to the present --
Readers and writers in the digital age.
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