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Library: An Unquiet History

Battles, Matthew

Verlag: W. W. Norton & Company, 2004
ISBN 10: 0393325644 / ISBN 13: 9780393325645
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Titel: Library: An Unquiet History

Verlag: W. W. Norton & Company

Erscheinungsdatum: 2004

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"Splendidly articulate, informative and provoking....A book to be savored and gone back to."?Baltimore Sun

On the survival and destruction of knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet. Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Matthew Battles, a rare books librarian and a gifted narrator, takes us on a spirited foray from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the British Library, from socialist reading rooms and rural home libraries to the Information Age.

He explores how libraries are built and how they are destroyed, from the decay of the great Alexandrian library to scroll burnings in ancient China to the destruction of Aztec books by the Spanish?and in our own time, the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia.

Encyclopedic in its breadth and novelistic in its telling, this volume will occupy a treasured place on the bookshelf next to Baker's Double Fold, Basbanes's A Gentle Madness, Manguel's A History of Reading, and Winchester's The Professor and the Madman.

Über den Autor: Matthew Battles is a fellow at the Berkman Center of Harvard University, where he is associate director of metaLAB, a research group exploring the bounds of networked culture. The author of Palimpsest and Library, he lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

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