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The Resource River of ink : literature, history and art, Thomas Christensen

River of ink : literature, history and art, Thomas Christensen

Label
River of ink : literature, history and art
Title
River of ink
Title remainder
literature, history and art
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Christensen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Thomas Christensen's previous title 1616 : The World in Motion looked at a single year in the age of early maritime globalism--PW gave it a starred review, calling it 'a stunning overview of the nascent modern world.' By contrast his new gorgeously illustrated River of Ink ranges widely across time and cultures and offers what amounts to a magisterial history of literacy. The book's title refers to the sacking of Baghdad in 1258 when the Tigris ran black with the ink of books flung into the water by Mongol invaders. Other essays range from the writings of prehistoric Chinese cultures known only through archaeology to the state of book reviewing in the US today to the heroic efforts of contemporary Afghanis to keep the legacy of their ancient culture alive under the barrage of endless war. Christensen's encyclopaedic knowledge of both world art and a vast understanding of literature allows him to move easily from a discussion of the invention of moveable type in Korea to Johannes Kepler's search for the harmony of the spheres to the strange journey of an iron sculpture from Benin to the Louvre. Other essays cover the Popul Vuh of the Maya as exemplum of translation, the pioneering explorations of the early American naturalist John Bartram, the balletic works of Louis-Ferdinand Celine. It is Christensen's unparalleled gift to seemingly see the world whole and to offer a wealth of absolutely vital connections adequate to our position as citizens of an ever more rapidly globalizing world"--
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Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
EBLCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Christensen, Thomas
Dewey number
809.93358
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
PN50
LC item number
.C525 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature and history
  • Arts and history
  • Literacy
  • Printing
  • Books and reading
  • Intellectual life
  • Literature and society
  • Arts and society
  • World history
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Arts and history
  • Arts and society
  • Books and reading
  • Intellectual life
  • Literacy
  • Literature and history
  • Literature and society
  • Printing
  • World history
Label
River of ink : literature, history and art, Thomas Christensen
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
WEST ASIA -- River of Ink -- Staying Alive -- The Unfinished Bridge -- The Winged Sphinx -- EAST ASIA -- Gutenberg and the Koreans -- Taoism and the Arts of China -- Before History -- SOUTH ASIA, HIMALAYAS -- The Temple across the Valley -- A Measure of Happiness -- Nur Jahan -- AUSTRALIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA -- Getting Henry -- House of Hope -- AFRICA -- Malik Ambar -- Journeys of the Iron Man -- EUROPE -- The Nightingale and You -- Dodgson's Dodges -- A Horace Reading -- Dance Macabre -- Harmony of the Spheres -- LATIN AMERICA -- La Tempestad -- New World / New Words -- Discovering Columbus -- Eva Peron in Life and Myth -- Double Crossed -- NORTH AMERICA -- Pocahontas in London -- This World Makes Trickster -- Beyond Taxonomy -- Faint Praise -- #occupychristmas -- Sadakichi and America. 353
Control code
894790061
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781619024137
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), portraits
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
318dbd4a-8d65-42bc-8c90-0f7e0e1dc11d
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)894790061
Label
River of ink : literature, history and art, Thomas Christensen
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
WEST ASIA -- River of Ink -- Staying Alive -- The Unfinished Bridge -- The Winged Sphinx -- EAST ASIA -- Gutenberg and the Koreans -- Taoism and the Arts of China -- Before History -- SOUTH ASIA, HIMALAYAS -- The Temple across the Valley -- A Measure of Happiness -- Nur Jahan -- AUSTRALIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA -- Getting Henry -- House of Hope -- AFRICA -- Malik Ambar -- Journeys of the Iron Man -- EUROPE -- The Nightingale and You -- Dodgson's Dodges -- A Horace Reading -- Dance Macabre -- Harmony of the Spheres -- LATIN AMERICA -- La Tempestad -- New World / New Words -- Discovering Columbus -- Eva Peron in Life and Myth -- Double Crossed -- NORTH AMERICA -- Pocahontas in London -- This World Makes Trickster -- Beyond Taxonomy -- Faint Praise -- #occupychristmas -- Sadakichi and America. 353
Control code
894790061
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781619024137
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), portraits
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
318dbd4a-8d65-42bc-8c90-0f7e0e1dc11d
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)894790061

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