Language Visible

Language Visible

Unravelling the Mystery of the Alphabet From A to Z

Book - 2003
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From the A of The Scarlet Letter to the Z of Zorro, this is a fascinating work that unlocks the mystery behind each letter in the alphabet. Illustrations.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2003.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780767911726
Branch Call Number: 411 SACKS D
Characteristics: xiii, 395 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.


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Oct 29, 2016

There are three diff versions of this book, & all are the same in text.
One is hardback: Language Visible: Unraveling the Mystery of the Alphabet from A to Z.

One is paperback: Letter Perfect: The Marvelous History of Our Alphabet From A to Z.

And one is?: Letter Perfect: The A-to-Z History of Our Alphabet.

Of course, each of these title versions have a diff ISBN.

All three can be found on ebay, & (sort of) on Amazon.

But, why three diff titles, if they are all the same book on the inside?

Feb 22, 2014

Sacks starts with a clear and appealing discussion of the genealogy of the letters we use every day, from the earliest known alphabet inscriptions found recently in Egypt through the Phoenicians, the Greeks, and Romans up to the present. He then devotes a chapter to each letter, discussing its development from ancient forms, attempting to identify and document its unique significance, and collecting a dazzlingly diverse array of facts that include its role in literature, media, and culture. From discussions of the letter A's role in meat grading, bond rating, student ranking, and punishment for adultery to Z's exotic associations with Zorro, Sacks makes the history of the alphabet a joy to read.

-Library Journal


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