Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks download free [PDF and Ebook] by Keith Houston

Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks download free [PDF and Ebook] by Keith Houston year 2014
  • Book name: Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks
  • Author: Keith Houston
  • Release date: 2014/4/22
  • Publisher: WW NORTON & CO
  • Language: English
  • Genre or Collection: Dictionaries and Languages
  • ISBN: 9780393349726
  • Rating: 8.47 of 10
  • Votes: 338
  • Review by: Mabel Sibley
  • Review rating: 7.79 of 10
  • Review Date: 2018/10/1
  • Total pages: 352
  • Includes a PDF summary of 37 pages
  • Description or summary of the book: A charming and indispensable tour of two thousand years of the written word, Shady Characters weaves a fascinating trail across the parallel histories of language and typography. Whether investigating the asterisk ( ) and dagger ()-which alternately illuminated and skewered heretical verses of the early Bible-or the at sign (@), which languished in obscurity for centuries until rescued by the Internet, Keith Houston draws on myriad sources to chart the life and times of these enigmatic squiggles, both exotic () and everyday (&). From the Library of Alexandria to the halls of Bell Labs, figures as diverse as Charlemagne, Vladimir Nabokov, and George W. Bush cross paths with marks as obscure as the interrobang (?) and as divisive as the dash (-). Ancient Roman graffiti, Venetian trading shorthand, Cold War double agents, and Madison Avenue round out an ever more diverse set of episodes, characters, and artifacts. Richly illustrated, ranging across time, typographies, and countries, Shady Characters will delight and entertain all who cherish the unpredictable and surprising in the writing life.
  • Estimated reading time (average reader): 19H21M35S
  • Other categories, genre or collection: Writing Systems, Alphabets, Language: History & General Works, Palaeography (history Of Writing), Encyclopaedias & Reference Works, Typography & Lettering
  • Available formats: WORD, TCR, PDF, AZW3, LIT, TXT, EPUB, DOC. Compressed in ZIP, TAR.BZ2, RAR, CBZ, 7Z
  • Download servers: Dropbox, ownCloud, Mediafire, FreakShare, Gett, Google Drive, MEGA, BitShare
  • Format: Paperback
  • Approximate value: 17.70 USD
  • Dimensions: 140x211x25mm
  • Weight: 400g
  • Printed by: Not Available
  • Published in: New York, United States
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