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Palimpsest

(2013)
A History of the Written Word
A non fiction book by

 
A profound, eloquent meditation on the history of writing, from Mesopotamia to multimedia.

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.

15 illustrations

 
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Hardback Editions

2013 : USA Hardback
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: WW Norton
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : USA Paperback
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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA Audio CD
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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2015 : USA Audio edition
Title: Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Author(s): Matthew Battles
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   

August 2015 : UK Audio edition
Title: Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Author(s): Matthew Battles
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

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


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