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Alphabetical

(2013)
How Every Letter Tells a Story
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A "beguiling . . . passionate and funny" biography of the alphabet - from A to Z and umlauts to dictionaries - by a bestselling author "whose fervor is contagious" (Boston Globe).

In Alphabetical, Michael Rosen tells the fascinating tale of how our modern alphabet - those twenty-six peculiar shapes and their corresponding sounds - came to be. With a chapter devoted to each letter, Rosen shares personal anecdotes and fascinating facts about the history and evolution of written language. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians and the first time sounds were turned into symbols, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, pin down the strange story of OK, trace our five lost letters and tackle the tyranny of spelling, among many other things.

His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the two scribes of Beowulf to today's most innovative rappers. Exploring subjects from codes to umlauts and the writing of dictionaries, "Rosen has written a charming and thought-provoking book about what written language represents, how we use it, and the joys and mysteries therein." (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review).



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January 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Author(s): Michael Rosen
ISBN: 1-61902-483-7 / 978-1-61902-483-0 (USA edition)
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April 2014 : UK Hardback

Title: Alphabetical
Author(s): Rosen Michael
ISBN: 1-4736-1299-3 / 978-1-4736-1299-0 (UK edition)
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Title: Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Author(s): Michael Rosen
ISBN: 1-84854-886-9 / 978-1-84854-886-2 (UK edition)
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February 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Author(s): Michael Rosen
ISBN: 1-61902-702-X / 978-1-61902-702-2 (USA edition)
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Title: Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Author(s): Michael Rosen
ISBN: 1-84854-888-5 / 978-1-84854-888-6 (UK edition)
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November 2013 : USA Audio edition
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November 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Author(s): Michael Rosen
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November 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
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February 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Author(s): Michael Rosen
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November 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Author(s): Michael Rosen
Publisher: John Murray
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November 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Author(s): Michael Rosen
Publisher: John Murray
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