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What we see when we read : a phenomenology ; with illustrations

Author: Peter Mendelsund
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2014. ©2014
Series: Vintage original.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage books editionView all editions and formats
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A fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading -- how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader. What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what, exactly, Ishmael looked like? The collection of fragmented images on a page -- a graceful ear there, a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Mendelsund
ISBN: 9780804171632 0804171637
OCLC Number: 879467922
Description: xix, 419 pages : illustrations, maps, music ; 21 cm.
Contents: Picturing "picturing" --
Fictions --
Openings --
Time --
Vividness --
Performance --
Sketching --
Skill --
Co-creation --
Maps & rules --
Abstractions --
Eyes, ocular vision, & media --
Memory & fantasy --
Synesthesia --
Signifiers --
Belief --
Models --
The part & the whole --
It is blurred.
Series Title: Vintage original.
Responsibility: Peter Mendelsund.
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A fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading -- how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader. What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what, exactly, Ishmael looked like? The collection of fragmented images on a page -- a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat positioned just so -- and other clues and signifiers helps us to create an image of a character. But in fact our sense that we know a character intimately has little to do with our ability to concretely picture our beloved -- or reviled -- literary figures. Knopf's Associate Art Director Peter Mendelsund combines his profession, as an award-winning designer; his first career, as a classically trained pianist; and his first love, literature -- he considers himself first and foremost as a reader -- into one of the most provocative and unusual investigations into how we understand the act of reading.

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