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The Resource The written world : the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization, Martin Puchner

The written world : the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization, Martin Puchner

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The written world : the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization
Title
The written world
Title remainder
the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization
Statement of responsibility
Martin Puchner
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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"--
  • "Great stories of people, history, and literature are combined to show how the power of the written word has influenced civilizations throughout time. Puchner writes about Ezra and the Old Testament, a young woman in 9th century Japan who wrote the first novel, a wild story about Cervantes and pirates, how Benjamin Franklin became the father of print in the United States, and more. Over this remarkable, engaging book, Puchner tells stories of creative people whose lives and beliefs led them to create groundbreaking foundational texts, and how those texts affected the world they were born into. Puchner offers a truly comprehensive and worldwide literary perspective, spanning time and cultures, from the first written story--The Epic of Gilgamesh--to the wordsmiths of Mande in Africa, to Harry Potter. He also focuses on writing technologies, including the invention of paper, the printing press, and the modern book, and how they shaped not just writing, but religion and economy, too. Taking us from clay tablets and ancient scrolls, all the way to internet tablets and scrolling down on computers today, Puchner will change the way you view the past, present, and future of literature. Readers will find new discoveries about old texts they love, and new stories they hadn't known before, as Martin Puchner tells the story of literature in 17 acts: how stories shaped history, and gave us THE WRITTEN WORLD"--
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DLC
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1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Puchner, Martin
Dewey number
  • 809/.93358
  • 809.93355
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN51
LC item number
.P79 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature and society
  • Literature
  • Books and reading
  • Books and reading
  • Literature
  • Literature and society
  • HISTORY / Civilization
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
Label
The written world : the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization, Martin Puchner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-388) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Alexander's pillow book -- King of the Universe : of Gilgamesh and Ashurbanipal -- Ezra and the creation of Holy Scripture -- Learning from the Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, and Jesus -- Muraski and The tale of Genji : the first great novel in world history -- One thousand and one nights with Scheherazade -- Gutenberg, Luther, and the new public of print -- The popol vuh and Maya culture : a second, independent literary tradition -- Don Quixote and the pirates -- Benjamin Franklin : media entrepreneur in the republic of letters -- World literature : Goethe in Sicily -- Marx, Engels, Lenin, Mao : readers of The Communist Manifesto, unite! -- Akhmatova and Solzhenitsyn : writing against the Soviet state -- The epic of Sunjata and the wordsmiths of West Africa -- Postcolonial literature : Derek Walcott, poet of the Caribbean -- From Hogwarts to India
Control code
ocn985359625
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiii, 412 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780812998931
Lccn
2017002438
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027622690
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)985359625
  • (Sirsi) a2011496
Label
The written world : the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization, Martin Puchner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-388) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Alexander's pillow book -- King of the Universe : of Gilgamesh and Ashurbanipal -- Ezra and the creation of Holy Scripture -- Learning from the Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, and Jesus -- Muraski and The tale of Genji : the first great novel in world history -- One thousand and one nights with Scheherazade -- Gutenberg, Luther, and the new public of print -- The popol vuh and Maya culture : a second, independent literary tradition -- Don Quixote and the pirates -- Benjamin Franklin : media entrepreneur in the republic of letters -- World literature : Goethe in Sicily -- Marx, Engels, Lenin, Mao : readers of The Communist Manifesto, unite! -- Akhmatova and Solzhenitsyn : writing against the Soviet state -- The epic of Sunjata and the wordsmiths of West Africa -- Postcolonial literature : Derek Walcott, poet of the Caribbean -- From Hogwarts to India
Control code
ocn985359625
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiii, 412 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780812998931
Lccn
2017002438
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027622690
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)985359625
  • (Sirsi) a2011496

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