WRITTEN WORD


WRITTEN WORD

MARTIN PUCHNER    Book Number: 86501    Product format: Hardback

"A story of letters and paper and rocket ships, of ruthless conquerors and elegant court ladies and middle-class entrepreneurs, of the will to power and the dream of freedom." - Stephen Greenblatt. Alphabets, clay tablets, and printing presses by which they were spread have provided both the rudder and the sails for humanity's voyage across vast oceans of time. From Mesopotamia to the Moon, here is an informative, imaginative and ingenious history of civilisation in the form of a narrative of what people have written and read over the last 4,000 years. We are introduced to numerous visionaries as Puchner explores 16 foundational texts that have shaped history and civilisation. The first written masterpiece, the Epic of Gilgamesh; Ezra's Hebrew Bible; the teachings of Buddha, Confucius, Socrates and Jesus; the first great novel in world literature The Tale of Genji written by a Japanese woman known as Murasaki. Visiting Baghdad, Puchner tells of the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, and we watch the astonishing survival of the Maya epic Popol Vuh. Cervantes, Benjamin Franklin's pioneering work as a media entrepreneur, Goethe discovering world literature in Sicily, the rise in influence of The Communist Manifesto, we visit Troy, Pergamum and China and speak with Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott in the Caribbean and Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul as well as wordsmiths in the oral epic Sunjata in West Africa. Writing technologies, the printing press, the book itself - religion, politics, commerce, people and history in a unique and spellbinding book by the Harvard University Professor. 412pp, illus and 16 pages of colour plates including Harvard's Annenberg Hall, the model for the Great Hall at Hogwarts and a colourful page from the Gutenberg Bible. US first edition.
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ISBN 9780812998931
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