Shady characters : the secret life of punctuation, symbols, & other typographical marks
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Published:
New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013].
Format:
Book
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Desc:
xi, 340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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ASU Main (3rd floor)
P301.5.P86 H68 2013
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APA Citation (style guide)

Houston, K. (2013). Shady characters: the secret life of punctuation, symbols, & other typographical marks. First edition. New York ; London: W.W. Norton & Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Houston, Keith, 1977-. 2013. Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks. New York ; London: W.W. Norton & Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Houston, Keith, 1977-, Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks. New York ; London: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Houston, Keith. Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks. First edition. New York ; London: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Description
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 (ΒΆ) 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.
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English
ISBN:
9780393064421, 0393064425

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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