Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks

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9780393064421: Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks

From ancient Greece to the Internet―via the Renaissance, Gutenberg, and Madison Avenue―Shady Characters exposes the secret history of punctuation.

A charming and indispensable tour of two thousand years of the written word, Shady Characters weaves a fascinating trail across the parallel histories of language and typography.

Whether investigating the asterisk (*) and dagger (†)―which alternately illuminated and skewered heretical verses of the early Bible―or the at sign (@), which languished in obscurity for centuries until rescued by the Internet, Keith Houston draws on myriad sources to chart the life and times of these enigmatic squiggles, both exotic (¶) and everyday (&).

From the Library of Alexandria to the halls of Bell Labs, figures as diverse as Charlemagne, Vladimir Nabokov, and George W. Bush cross paths with marks as obscure as the interrobang (?) and as divisive as the dash (―). Ancient Roman graffiti, Venetian trading shorthand, Cold War double agents, and Madison Avenue round out an ever more diverse set of episodes, characters, and artifacts.

Richly illustrated, ranging across time, typographies, and countries, Shady Characters will delight and entertain all who cherish the unpredictable and surprising in the writing life.

2-color; 75 illustrations

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About the Author:

Keith Houston is the author of Shady Characters and the founder of shadycharacters.co.uk. He lives in London.

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“If Eats, Shoots & Leaves whetted your appetite on the subject of punctuation, then you have a treat in store. Shady Characters is an authoritative, witty, and fascinating tour of the history and rationale behind such lesser known marks as the ampersand, manicule, the pilcrow, and the interrobang. Keith Houston also explains the octothorpe―otherwise known as the hashtag―and and my final comment on his book is #awesome.”
- Ben Yagoda, author of How to Not Write Bad

“Make no mistake: this is a book of secrets. With zeal and rigor, Keith Houston cracks open the &, the #, the † and more―all the little matryoshka dolls of meaning that make writing work. Inside, we meet novelists, publishers, scholars and scribes; we range from ancient Greeks to hashtagged tweets; and we see the weird and wonderful foundations of the most successful technology of all time.”
- Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

“Funny, surprising, and, of course, geeky.”
- Michael D. Schaffer and John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Might make you look at books... in an entirely new way.”
- Andrew Robinson, Nature

“Houston...is a tireless researcher and an amiable teacher.”
- Jan Gardner, Boston Globe

“A pleasurable contribution to type history, particularly for readers who haven’t considered the ampersand in any detail.”
- Carl W. Scarbrough, New Criterion

“Fascinating.”
- Rob Kyff, The Courant

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Descrizione libro WW Norton Co, United States, 2013. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A charming and indispensable tour of two thousand years of the written word, Shady Characters weaves a fascinating trail across the parallel histories of language and typography. Whether investigating the asterisk (*) and dagger (+)-which alternately illuminated and skewered heretical verses of the early Bible-or the at sign which languished in obscurity for centuries until rescued by the Internet, Keith Houston draws on myriad sources to chart the life and times of these enigmatic squiggles, both exotic ( ) and everyday (). From the Library of Alexandria to the halls of Bell Labs, figures as diverse as Charlemagne, Vladimir Nabokov, and George W. Bush cross paths with marks as obscure as the interrobang (?) and as divisive as the dash (-). Ancient Roman graffiti, Venetian trading shorthand, Cold War double agents, and Madison Avenue round out an ever more diverse set of episodes, characters, and artifacts. Richly illustrated, ranging across time, typographies, and countries, Shady Characters will delight and entertain all who cherish the unpredictable and surprising in the writing life. Codice libro della libreria POW9780393064421

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Descrizione libro WW Norton Co, United States, 2013. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A charming and indispensable tour of two thousand years of the written word, Shady Characters weaves a fascinating trail across the parallel histories of language and typography. Whether investigating the asterisk (*) and dagger (+)-which alternately illuminated and skewered heretical verses of the early Bible-or the at sign which languished in obscurity for centuries until rescued by the Internet, Keith Houston draws on myriad sources to chart the life and times of these enigmatic squiggles, both exotic ( ) and everyday (). From the Library of Alexandria to the halls of Bell Labs, figures as diverse as Charlemagne, Vladimir Nabokov, and George W. Bush cross paths with marks as obscure as the interrobang (?) and as divisive as the dash (-). Ancient Roman graffiti, Venetian trading shorthand, Cold War double agents, and Madison Avenue round out an ever more diverse set of episodes, characters, and artifacts. Richly illustrated, ranging across time, typographies, and countries, Shady Characters will delight and entertain all who cherish the unpredictable and surprising in the writing life. Codice libro della libreria POW9780393064421

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Descrizione libro Norton, 2013. Condizione libro: New. Beginning with a discussion of the pilcrow (the old paragraph sign) that encompasses the history of punctuation (or lack of) from ancient Greece to the typography of Eric Gill, Houston investigates the origins and evolution of an intriguing selection of symbols old (ampersand) and new (smiley), well known ('at') and obscure (interrobang). Telling the stories of characters such as the hyphen with its 'fearsome accompanying baggage', or the pointing manicule, the book offers a highly entertaining and illuminating history of written communication. Codice libro della libreria 225197

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Descrizione libro WW Norton Co, United States, 2013. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. A charming and indispensable tour of two thousand years of the written word, Shady Characters weaves a fascinating trail across the parallel histories of language and typography. Whether investigating the asterisk (*) and dagger (+)-which alternately illuminated and skewered heretical verses of the early Bible-or the at sign which languished in obscurity for centuries until rescued by the Internet, Keith Houston draws on myriad sources to chart the life and times of these enigmatic squiggles, both exotic ( ) and everyday (). From the Library of Alexandria to the halls of Bell Labs, figures as diverse as Charlemagne, Vladimir Nabokov, and George W. Bush cross paths with marks as obscure as the interrobang (?) and as divisive as the dash (-). Ancient Roman graffiti, Venetian trading shorthand, Cold War double agents, and Madison Avenue round out an ever more diverse set of episodes, characters, and artifacts. Richly illustrated, ranging across time, typographies, and countries, Shady Characters will delight and entertain all who cherish the unpredictable and surprising in the writing life. Codice libro della libreria BTE9780393064421

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