Beyond Literacy: The Second Gutenberg Revolution

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Ed. R. Patton Howell. Dallas/New York: Saybrook Publishers, 1989

About the Anthology
Articles by Nobel laureates, editors, writers, educators, publishers and scientists are presented in this anthology that considers the importance of reading as one of humanity’s most important survival tools. These articles “reveal the second Gutenberg revolution, created by a new kind of people. These new people not only read from the vast numbers of books made possible by the first Gutenberg revolution, they also have the aesthetic abilities to create new internal dimensions of reality from reading,” notes anthology editor R. Patton Howell. Contributions include essays by Joseph Brodsky, Norman Cousins, Naguib Mahfouz, Wole Soyinka, Judith Appelbaum, Donald Lamm and Rollo May, among others.

Joanne’s Article 
“The Art of Writing Novels”—When I was younger, I held slabs of ice together with my bare feet as Eliza leapt to freedom in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I went underground for a time and lived in a room with a thousand light bulbs, along with Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. And I was in the corner of the barn watching with awe as Rose of Sharon bared her breast and nursed a starving man in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. The power of the imagination to take an author’s images, scenes, and characters and to bind them to one’s own life, to draw from then wisdom and experience, makes the reading of a novel an intimate act which television, movies, and even plays can’t equal. Read article

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Softcover: 176 pages
ISBN 0-933071-32-9

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