The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man

The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man


By (author) Marshall McLuhan, By (author) Estate of Corinne McLuhan

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  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 25mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 31 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Toronto
  • ISBN 10: 144261269X
  • ISBN 13: 9781442612693
  • Edition statement: Centennial.
  • Sales rank: 237,241

Product description

The Gutenberg Galaxy catapulted Marshall McLuhan to fame as a media theorist and, in time, a new media prognosticator. Fifty years after its initial publication, this landmark text is more significant than ever before. Readers will be amazed by McLuhan's prescience, unmatched by anyone since, predicting as he did the dramatic technological innovations that have fundamentally changed how we communicate. The Gutenberg Galaxy foresaw the networked, compressed 'global village' that would emerge in the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries - despite having been written when black-and-white television was ubiquitous. This new edition of The Gutenberg Galaxy celebrates both the centennial of McLuhan's birth and the fifty-year anniversary of the book's publication. A new interior design updates The Gutenberg Galaxy for twenty-first-century readers, while honouring the innovative, avant-garde spirit of the original. This edition also includes new introductory essays that illuminate McLuhan's lasting effect on a variety of scholarly fields and popular culture. A must-read for those who inhabit today's global village, The Gutenberg Galaxy is an indispensable road map for our evolving communication landscape.

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Author information

Marshall McLuhan (1911 - 1980) was a literature scholar and the founder of the Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto.

Review quote

'Endlessly stimulating, informative, and liberating.' -- The Observer Weekend Review 'The book that helped establish McLuhan as the original media guru.' -- The New York Times 'Think of anything and you can now get your fill of multimedia feedback and facts at the press of a button. McLuhan saw this coming, and wrote about its impact on us as individuals and members of the "global village" in The Gutenberg Galaxy. Revisiting it ... is a revelation.' -- Nigel Beale

Table of contents

Prologue The Gutenberg Galaxy The Galaxy Reconfigured Bibliographic Index Index of Chapter Glosses