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

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Product Details

Price
$18.95  $17.43
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
Pages
338
Dimensions
6.09 X 0.9 X 8.24 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393349726
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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.

Reviews

Funny, surprising, and, of course, geeky.--Michael D. Schaffer and John Timpane
Fascinating.--Rob Kyff
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
Might make you look at books... in an entirely new way.--Andrew Robinson
Houston...is a tireless researcher and an amiable teacher.--Jan Gardner
A pleasurable contribution to type history, particularly for readers who haven't considered the ampersand in any detail.--Carl W. Scarbrough