For the past forty years, pundits and academics alike have predicted the imminent demise of the written word. Television, movies, now the Internet – each has been held up as the nemesis of the book. But the written word and its readers have always survived, and today there are more people who can read than ever before. This first episode takes us on a historical journey through the origins of reading and demonstrates that the struggle to be free to read has been with us since the first written word appeared five thousand years ago.

Instructor/Host: Alberto Manguel
Video Language: English
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