The Golden Thread The Story of Writing
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- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 01/20/2015
- Publisher: Counterpoint
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Calligraphy expert Ewan Clayton traces the history of an invention whichever since our ancestors made the transition from a nomadic to an agrarian way of life in the eighth century BChas been the method of codification and dissemination of ideas in every field of human endeavour, and a motor of cultural, scientific and political progress. He explores the social and cultural impact of, among other stages, the invention of the alphabet; the replacement of the papyrus scroll with the codex in the late Roman period; the perfecting of printing using moveable type in the fifteenth century and the ensuing spread of literacy; the industrialization of printing during the Industrial Revolution; the impact of artistic Modernism on the written word in the early twentieth centuryand of the digital switchover at the century’s close.
The Golden Thread also raises issues of urgent interest for a society living in an era of unprecedented change to the tools and technologies of written communication.