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What We See When We Read

Mendelsund Peter

9780804171632

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Price: $27.99
Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780804171632
Published: August 2014

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A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading-how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.

A San Francisco Chronicleand Kirkus Best Book of the Year

A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading-how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.

What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what, exactly, Ishmael looked like? The collection of fragmented images on a page-a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat positioned just so-and other clues and signifiers helps us to create an image of a character. But in fact our sense that we know a character intimately has little to do with our ability to concretely picture our beloved-or reviled-literary figures. In this remarkable work of nonfiction, Knopf's Associate Art Director Peter Mendelsund combines his profession, as an award-winning designer; his first career, as a classically trained pianist; and his first love, literature-he considers himself first and foremost as a reader-into what is sure to be one of the most provocative and unusual investigations into how we understand the act of reading.

Book details and technical specifications

Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780804171632
Published: August 2014

Number of pages: 448
Width: 137 mm
Height: 203 mm
Depth: 23 mm

Publisher: Random House USA Inc

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