A Place For Everything: The Curious History Of Alphabetical Order

October 20, 2020|
A Place For Everything: The Curious History Of Alphabetical Order by Judith Flanders
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From aNew York Times-bestselling historian comes the story of how the alphabet ordered our world.
A Place for Everythingis the first-ever history of alphabetization, from the Library of Alexandria to Wikipedia. The story of alphabetical order has been shaped by some of history''s most compelling characters, such as industrious and enthusiastic early adopter Samuel Pepys and dedicated alphabet champion Denis Diderot. But though even George Washington was a proponent, many others stuck to older forms of classification -- Yale listed its students by their family''s social status until 1886. And yet, while the order of the alphabet now rules -- libraries, phone books, reference books, even the order of entry for the teams at the Olympic Games -- it has remained curiously invisible.
With abundant inquisitiveness and wry humor, historian Judith Flanders traces the triumph of alphabetical order and offers a compendium of Western knowledge, from A to Z.
Judith Flandersis a social historian. Her works include the bestsellingThe Invention of Murder,Inside the Victorian Home, andThe Victorian City. She is senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham, as well as a frequent contributor to theSunday Telegraph, theGuardian, and theWall Street Journal.
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Title:A Place For Everything: The Curious History Of Alphabetical Order
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:352 pages, 9.5 X 6.25 X 1.25 in
Shipping dimensions:352 pages, 9.5 X 6.25 X 1.25 in
Published:October 20, 2020
Publisher:Basic Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781541675070

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