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Library By Matthew Battles

Library
by Matthew Battles

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Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved, but shaped, inspired and obliterated knowledge.
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Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles

Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved, but shaped, inspired and obliterated knowledge. Matthew Battles takes us on a fascinating journey from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the British Library. The library has been a battleground of competing notions of what books mean to us, from the clay-tablet collections of ancient Mesopotamia to the legendary libraries of Alexandria, from the burned scrolls of the Qing Dynasty to the book-pyres of the Hitler Youth, from the Dewey Decimal System to the Internet. Battles explores how the library has served two contradictory impulses: to exalt canons of literature, to secure and celebrate the best writing; and the desire to contain all forms of human knowledge - to keep all the books. In its custody of books and the words they contain, the library has confronted and tamed technology, the forces of change and the power of princes time and again.

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Library Reviews


"Fascinating... Eloquently written and genuinely enlightening, Battles's book is a telling testimony to the way libraries can transform lives" * Sunday Herald *
"Performs a valuable service by blowing the dust off our stodgy, conventional conception of the library to reveal the living heart of cultures that beats beneath its stone facade" * Los Angeles Times *
"An erudite, companionable, joyful book... Thrilling" * Spectator *
"Matthew Battles touches on almost all the important subjects, through fascinating stories... The book is full of all sorts of treasures" * Times Literary Supplement *

About Matthew Battles


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

Additional information

GOR001631082
Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles
Matthew Battles
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2004-10-07
256
0099437074
9780099437079
N/A
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