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              Books by Dennis Duncan

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              Index, A History of the
               

              Index, A History of the (Hardback)

              By Duncan, Dennis

              • RRP: $50.00
              • $48.56
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              • Internationally sourced

              Most of us give little thought to the back of the book-it's just where you go to look things up. But here, hiding in plain sight, is an unlikely realm of ambition and obsession, sparring and politicking, pleasure and play. Here we might find Butchers, to be avoided, or Cows that ...sh-te Fire, or even catch Calvin in his chamber with a Nonne. This is the secret world of the index: an unsung but extraordinary everyday tool, with an illustrious but little-known past. Here, for the first time, its story is told. Charting its curious path from the monasteries and universities of thirteenth-century Europe to Silicon Valley in the twenty-first, Dennis Duncan reveals how the index has saved heretics from the stake, kept politicians from high office, and made us all into the readers we are today. We follow it through German print shops and Enlightenment coffee houses, novelists' living rooms and university laboratories, encountering emperors and popes, philosophers and prime ministers, poets, librarians, and - of course - indexers along the way. Revealing its vast role in our evolving literary and intellectual culture, Duncan shows that, for all our anxieties about the Age of Search, we are all index-rakers at heart, and we have been for eight hundred years.
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              ISBN 9780241374238
              Publisher Penguin
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              Index, A History of the
                

              Index, A History of the (Paperback)

              By Duncan, Dennis

              • RRP: $35.99
              • $26.69
              • Save $9.30
              • Pub Date
                6 Oct 22

              Most of us give little thought to the back of the book - it's just where you go to look things up. But here, hiding in plain sight, is an unlikely realm of ambition and obsession, sparring and politicking, pleasure and play. Here we might find Butchers, to be avoided, or Cows tha...t sh-te Fire, or even catch Calvin in his chamber with a Nonne. This is the secret world of the index: an unsung but extraordinary everyday tool, with an illustrious but little-known past. Here, for the first time, its story is told. Charting its curious path from the monasteries and universities of thirteenth-century Europe to Silicon Valley in the twenty-first, Dennis Duncan reveals how the index has saved heretics from the stake, kept politicians from high office and made us all into the readers we are today. We follow it through German print shops and Enlightenment coffee houses, novelists' living rooms and university laboratories, encountering emperors and popes, philosophers and prime ministers, poets, librarians and - of course - indexers along the way. Revealing its vast role in our evolving literary and intellectual culture, Duncan shows that, for all our anxieties about the Age of Search, we are all index-rakers at heart, and we have been for eight hundred years.
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              ISBN 9780141989662
              Publisher Penguin
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              Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 6 Oct 2022
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              Babel: Adventures in Translation

              Babel: Adventures in Translation (Hardback)

              By Duncan, Dennis; Harrison, Stephen; Kohl, Katrin; Reynolds, Matthew

              • RRP: $47.99
              • $38.39
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              This innovative and lavishly illustrated collection of essays shows how linguistic diversity has inspired people across time and cultures to embark on adventurous journeys through the translation of texts. From papyrus fragments to Asterix cartoons, it explores how ideas have tra...velled via the medium of translation.
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              ISBN 9781851245093
              Released NZ 15 Mar 2019
              Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
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              The Oulipo and Modern Thought

              The Oulipo and Modern Thought (Hardback)

              By Duncan, Dennis

              • RRP: $131.99
              • $131.99
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              This volume provides a readable yet rigorous account of the impact of the Oulipo, one of the most important groups of experimental writers of the late twentieth century.

              ISBN 9780198831631
              Released NZ 18 Jul 2019
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
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              Book Parts

              Book Parts (Hardback)

              Edited by Duncan, Dennis; Smyth, Adam

              • RRP: $78.99
              • $78.99
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              A bold and imaginative volume on the constituent elements of the Book, from the pre-print era through to the digital. The twenty-two chapters written by an international team delve into all elements of the book from title pages to endpapers, from dust jackets to indices, and ever...ything else in between.
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              ISBN 9780198812463
              Released NZ 11 Jul 2019
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
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              Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age
                

              Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age (Hardback)

              By Duncan, Dennis

              • RRP: $63.99
              • $50.96
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              • Pub Date
                15 Feb 22

              A playful history of the humble index and its outsized effect on our reading lives.

              ISBN 9781324002543
              Publisher WW Norton & Co
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              Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 15 Feb 2022
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              Theory Of The Great Game: Writings from 'Le Grand Jeu'
               

              Theory Of The Great Game: Writings from 'Le Grand Jeu' (Hardback)

              Edited by Duncan, Dennis

              • RRP: $66.50
              • $50.33
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              • In Stock UK

              Between 1928 and 1930, the Paris magazine Le Grand Jeu (The Great Game) ran to three issues. During its brief period of activity, however, Le Grand Jeu was more than a little magazine that vanished in the orbit of the Surrealist movement. The journal was the public face of a tigh...tly-bound group of artists and writers who since adolescence had systematically attacked their perceptions of reality by means such as drugs and near-death experiences. The theory of Le Grand Jeu is presented in the group's own words, through the essays and articles which formed the magazine.
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              ISBN 9781900565677
              Publisher Atlas Press
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