A History of Reading and Writing

A History of Reading and Writing : In the Western World

By (author)


Free delivery worldwide

Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days

When will my order arrive?

Martyn Lyons surveys the changing relationships enjoyed by men and women with the written word, from early times to the present day. He provides a highly-readable account of the social history of reading and writing, relating it to key historical moments such as the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Enlightenment. Offering a fresh history centred on the reactions and experiences of ordinary readers and writers, Lyons deals with key turning points that occurred throughout the centuries, such as the invention of the codex, the transition from scribal to print culture, the reading revolution and the industrialisation of the book. Tracing the major historical developments across Europe and North America which revolutionised our relationship with texts, this book provides an engaging and invaluable overview of the history of scribal and print culture.

show more
  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 150 x 232 x 18mm | 439.98g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • BasingstokeUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 maps, 11 black & white halftones, 6 black & white tables
  • 0230001629
  • 9780230001626
  • 559,653

Other books in Literary Studies: General

Other people who viewed this bought:

Review quote

'A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World provides a thought provoking overview and analysis of a vast range of time and ideas. I would certainly recommend this as a set text for my Book History courses.' - Jane Potter, Oxford Brookes 'A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World fills a crying need for an introductory transnational Book History textbook.' - Jonathan Rose, Drew University

show more

About Martyn Lyons

MARTYN LYONS is Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of several works on French revolutionary history and on the history of reading and writing practices. His publications include Le Triomphe du Livre, Readers and Society in 19th Century France, and Reading Culture and Writing Practices in 19th Century France.

show more

Reviews from Goodreads.com