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Library: An Unquiet History

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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.

Synopsis:

Provides an intriguing historical study of libraries and books, their preservation, and destruction, from the U.S. to Europe and Asia, from medieval monasteries and Vatican collections to the ever-changing information highway of today. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

About the Author

Matthew Battlesis a rare books librarian at the Houghton Library at Harvard University and a contributor to Harper's. He lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Reading the library — Burning Alexandria — The house of wisdom — The battle of the books — Books for all — Knowledge on fire — Lost in the stacks.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393078626
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Library & Information Science
Author:
Battles, Matthew
Subject:
General
Subject:
Library & Information Science - General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Reference-Bibliography and Library Science
Subject:
Reference-Books on Books
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Library & Information Science
Publication Date:
February 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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» History and Social Science » World History » General
» Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
» Reference » Bibliography and Library Science

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