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Palimpsest

(2013)
A History of the Written Word
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Why does writing exist? What does it mean to those who write? Born from the interplay of natural and cultural history, the seemingly magical act of writing has continually expanded our consciousness. Portrayed in mythology as either a gift from heroes or a curse from the gods, it has been used as both an instrument of power and a channel of the divine, a means of social bonding and of individual self-definition. Now, as the revolution once wrought by the printed word gives way to the digital age, many fear that the art of writing and the nuanced thinking nurtured by writing are under threat. But writing itself, despite striving for permanence, is always in the midst of growth and transfiguration. Celebrating the impulse to record, invent, and make one's mark, Matthew Battles reenchants the written word for all those susceptible to the power and beauty of writing in all of its forms.

    

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Hardback Editions

2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-393-05885-9 / 978-0-393-05885-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-393-35292-7 / 978-0-393-35292-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 1-4945-1253-X / 978-1-4945-1253-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 1-4945-6253-7 / 978-1-4945-6253-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Author(s): Matthew Battles
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Author(s): Matthew Battles
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Author(s): Matthew Battles
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

July 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Author(s): Matthew Battles
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA