HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The written world: how literature shaped…
Loading...

The written world: how literature shaped history (2017)

by Martin Puchner

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1102155,109 (4.5)3

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 3 mentions

Showing 2 of 2
I really enjoyed this tour of history's watershed writings. The book really shines in the first half; to me it seemed pretty clear that Puchner was much more at home discussing Scheherazade and Gilgamesh than discussing Harry Potter. (Or maybe he was just bitter that he was sorted into Slytherin.) I especially appreciated what a wide net Puchner cast--the chapters on The Tale of Genji, the Mayan Popul Vuh, and the West African Epic of Sunjata are some of the strongest and most interesting in the book.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in literary history. But be forewarned that the Mayan chapter will break your heart. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
This timeline through the history of civilization and stories is a wonderful read. It celebrates the works that have shaped history from oral tales to Twitter, the tools used and the very meaning of literature. Although Martin Puchner is a Harvard Professor, the book is amazingly accessible, enlivened by his enthusiasm. ( )
  MM_Jones | Dec 12, 2017 |
Showing 2 of 2
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
For Amanda Claybaugh
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
A hugely engaging exploration of how writing changed civilizations, cultures and the history of the world. You're likely to list the invention of paper, the printing press and the world wide web as major influences on the way we share stories. You probably wouldn't include Malian singers, American astronauts, Greek generals, Japanese courtiers and Spanish adventurers. And yet all of them played a crucial role in shaping and spreading literature as we know it today. The Written World tells the riveting story of the development of literature, where stories intersect with writing technologies like clay, stone, parchment, paper, printing presses and computers. Central to the development of religions, political movements and even nations, texts spread useful truths and frightening disinformation, and have the power to change lives. Through vivid storytelling and across a huge sweep of time, The Written World offers a new and enticing perspective on human history.
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

"The story of literature in sixteen acts, from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to ebooks and Harry Potter, this engaging book brings together remarkable people and surprising events to show how writing shaped cultures, religions, and the history of the world"--… (more)

» see all 2 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.5)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4 2
4.5
5 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 128,078,356 books! | Top bar: Always visible