The Golden Thread - The Story of Writing

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The Golden Thread - The Story of Writing

by Ewan Clayton

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The Golden Thread - The Story of Writing

The Golden Thread is an enthralling and accessible history of the cultural miracle that is the written word. It is an invention that has been used to share ideas in every field of human endeavour, and a motor of cultural, scientific and political progress.

From the simple representative shapes used to record transactions of goods and animals in ancient Egypt, to the sophisticated typographical resources available to the twenty-first-century computer user, the story of writing is the story of human civilization itself.

Ewan Clayton marks each step in the historical development of writing, and explores the social and cultural impact of every stage: the invention of the alphabet; the replacement of the papyrus scroll with the codex in the late Roman period; the perfecting of printing using moveable type in the fifteenth century and the ensuing spread of literacy; the industrialization of printing during the Industrial Revolution; the impact of artistic Modernism on the written word in the early twentieth century - and of the digital switchover at the century's close.

Product Information:
• ISBN: 9781848873636
• Author: Ewan Clayton
• Publisher: Atlantic Books
• Format: Paperback
• Pages: 407
• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3cm

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