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The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age

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The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age by Sven Birkerts


A literary cri de coeur--a lament for literature and everything implicit in it."

--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 "hear" 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.

"[A] wise and humane book...

He is telling us, in short, nothing less than what reading means and why it matters."

--The Boston Sunday Globe

"Warmly elegiac...

A candid and engaging autobiographical account sketches his own almost obsessive trajectory through avid childhood reading...

This profoundly reflexive process is skillfully described."

--The New York Times Book Review



Powerfully conveys why reading matters, why it is both a delight and a necessity."

--The Harvard Review

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Pages: 272
Size: 297 KB
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Date published:   2006
ISBN: 9781429923941 (DRM-EPUB)

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