Steven Roger Fischer: A History of Reading

Reaktion Books, London, United Kingdom, 2019, 416 pp, Illustrated, $13.99, Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-78914-068-2
  • Jean-Pierre V. M. HérubelEmail author
Book Review

Steven Roger Fischer, a professor and former Director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures, Auckland, New Zealand, has written a panoramic excursion through the phenomenon of history of reading on a global scale. It joins his other works, A History of Language, and History of Writing published in 1999 and 2001, to form a compendium of tantalizing material for the informed reader. This second edition moves among historical periods and geographical regions, with ease and momentum. The importance of reading as opposed to writing is a critical element in Fischer’s thinking. Reading as a cultural phenomenon is explicitly seen as pivotal form with radiating influence via and among diverse cultures and historical periods. Moreover, this work is a narrative and easily read digestible treatment of reading’s influence on other cultural activities, from publishing, trade, printing, to learning, etc. From papyrus to eBook, from stone carvings to the internet, with all its...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Purdue University Libraries & School of Information StudiesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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