Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story

Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story

Michael Rosen


How on the earth did we repair upon our twenty-six letters, what do they truly suggest, and the way did we come to put in writing them down within the first position? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable experience during the historical past of the alphabet in twenty-six bright chapters, fizzing with own anecdotes and engaging proof. beginning with the mysterious Phoenicians and the way sounds first got here to be written down, he races directly to convey how nonsense poems paintings, pins down the unusual tale of okay, lines our 5 misplaced letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, between many many different issues. His heroes of the alphabet variety from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the 2 scribes of Beowulf to rappers. every one bankruptcy takes on a special topic - even if it truly is codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters certainly leaps off the web page, even if it is the tale of his existence informed in the course of the typewriters he is owned or a bankruptcy on jokes written in a string of gags and observe video games. this is often the booklet for a person who is ever puzzled why Hawaiian in simple terms has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how precisely to put in writing the sound of a wild raspberry.

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