The Gutenberg Elegies

The Gutenberg Elegies

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q[A] THOUGHTFUL AND HEARTFELT BOOK...A literary cri de coeur--a lament for literature and everything implicit in it.q --The Washington Post In our zeal to embrace the wonders of the electronic age, are we sacrificing our literary culture? Renowned critic Sven Birkerts believes the answer is an alarming yes. In The Gutenberg Elegies, he explores the impact of technology on the experience of reading. Drawing on his own passionate, lifelong love of books, Birkerts examines how literature intimately shapes and nourishes the inner life. What does it mean to qhearq a book on audiotape, decipher its words on a screen, or interact with it on CD-ROM? Are books as we know them dead? At once a celebration of the complex pleasures of reading and a boldly original challenge to the new information technologies, The Gutenberg Elegies is an essential volume for anyone who cares about the past and future of books. q[A] wise and humane book....He is telling us, in short, nothing less than what reading means and why it matters.q --The Boston Sunday Globe qWarmly elegiac...A candid and engaging autobiographical account sketches his own almost obsessive trajectory through avid childhood reading....This profoundly reflexive process is skillfully described.q --The New York Times Book Review qProvocative...Compelling...Powerfully conveys why reading matters, why it is both a delight and a necessity.q --The Harvard ReviewThis profoundly reflexive process is skillfully described.aquot; --The New York Times Book Review aquot;Provocative...Compelling...Powerfully conveys why reading matters, why it is both a delight and a necessity.aquot; --The Harvard Review

Title:The Gutenberg Elegies
Author:Sven Birkerts
Publisher:Macmillan - 2006-11-14


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