Index, A History of the: Detailed account of the index through the ages

Dennis Duncan offers thoughtful observations and meticulous research on contents

Dennis Duncan offers the odd flash of humour and a few bright anecdotes in an otherwise dense narrative that gives a detailed and considered history of the index.

Dennis Duncan offers the odd flash of humour and a few bright anecdotes in an otherwise dense narrative that gives a detailed and considered history of the index.

“A history of the index is really a story about time and knowledge and the relationship between the two. It’s the story of our accelerating need to access information at speed, and of a parallel need for the contents of books to be divisible, discrete, extractable units of knowledge.”

This compelling summary of Index, A History Of is given by author Dennis Duncan in an early section of his new book, which itself is neatly broken up into eight extractable units, or chapters, that look to chart the evolution of the index and its significance in literary and intellectual culture.

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