The Devil's Details
A History of Footnotes Touchstone ed
By (author) Chuck Zerby
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Devil's Details by Chuck Zerby
Book DescriptionFootnotes have not had it easy. Their dominance of eighteenth- and nineteenth- century literature and scholarship was both hard-won -- following many years of struggle -- and doomed, as it led to belittlement in the twentieth century. In "The Devil's Details, " Chuck Zerby playfully explores footnotes' long and illustrious history and makes a clarion call to save them from the new world of the Internet and hypertext. In a story that boasts a marvelous plot and a rogues' gallery of players, Zerby examines traditional footnotes and their less-buttoned-down incarnations, as when used by pornographers. Yes, "The Devil's Details" is full of surprises: Zerby hunts down the first bona fide fully functioning footnote; unearths a multivolume history of Northumberland County, England, that uses one volume for a single footnote; and uncovers a murder plot. He even explains why footnotes are like blind dates. Carefully researched and highly opinionated, "The Devil's Details" affirms that delight in reading can come from unexpected places.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780743241755
(216mm x 140mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 17-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Chuck Zerby
Chuck Zerby developed "The Devil's Details" from an article he published in "The New York Times." A former columnist for the "Amherst Record, " Zerby lives in Hadley, Massachusetts.
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