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Library : an unquiet history / Matthew Battles.

By: Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2003]Copyright date: ©2003Edition: First editionDescription: x, 245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
  • 0393020290
  • 9780393020298
  • 9780393325645
  • 0393325644
Subject(s): Genre/Form: DDC classification:
  • 027/.009 21
LOC classification:
  • Z721 .B28 2003
Other classification:
  • 06.31
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Paperback published in 2004.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Reading the library -- Burning Alexandria -- The house of wisdom -- The battle of the books -- Books for all -- Knowledge on fire -- Lost in the stacks.

"From the clay-tablet collections of ancient Mesopotamia to the storied Alexandria libraries in Egypt, from the burned scrolls of China's Qing Dynasty to the book pyres of the Hitler Youth, from the great medieval library in Baghdad to the priceless volumes destroyed in the multi-cultural Bosnian National Library in Sarajevo, the library has been a battleground of competing notions of what books mean to us. Battles explores how, throughout its many changes, the library has served two contradictory impulses: on the one hand, the urge to exalt canons of literature, to secure and worship the best and most beautiful words; on the other, the desire to contain and control all forms of human knowledge."--BOOK JACKET.

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