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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A History of Reading and Writing

In the Western World

ISBN 9780230001619
Publication Date December 2009
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Lyons surveys the changing relationships enjoyed by ordinary men and women with the written word, from early times to the present day. It provides a broad coverage of the social history of reading and writing, relating it to mainstream historical movements such as the Enlightenment and the Reformation.

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.

What is the History of Reading and Writing?
Reading and Writing in the Ancient and Medieval world
Was There a Printing Revolution?
Print and the Protestant Reformation
Renaissance Books and Humanist Readers
Print and Popular Culture
The Rise of Literacy in the Early Modern West, c.1600-1800
Censorship and the Reading Public in Pre-revolutionary France
The Reading Fever, 1750-1830
The Age of the Mass Reading Public
New Readers and Reading Cultures
The Democratisation of Writing, 1800 to the Present
Readers and Writers in the Digital Age
Further Reading


'A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World provides a thought provokingoverview 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
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