1 copy ordered for CCRI-Newport orders on 06-16-2011.
viii, 267 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index
What is the hisotry of reading and writing? -- Reading and writing in the ancient and medieval world -- Was there a printing revolution? -- Print and the Protestant Reformation -- Renaissance books and humanist readers -- Print and popular culture -- The rise of literacy in the early modern West, c. 1600-c. 1800 -- Censorship and the reading public in pre-revolutionary France -- The reading fever, 1750-1830 -- The age of the mass reading public -- New readers and reading cultures -- The democratisation of writing, 1800 to the present -- Readers and writers in the digital age
Lyons surveys the changing relationships enjoyed by ordinary men and women with the written word, from early times to the present day