David Sacks has embarked on a fun, lively, and learned excursion
into the alphabet and into cultural history in" Letter Perfect."
Clearly explaining the letters as symbols of precise sounds of
speech, the book begins with the earliest known alphabetic
inscriptions (circa 1800 b.c.), recently discovered by
archaeologists in Egypt, and traces the history of our alphabet
through the ancient Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans and up through
medieval Europe to the present day. But the heart of the book is
the twenty-six fact-filled biographies of letters A through Z, each
one identifying the letter s particular significance for modern
readers, tracing its development from ancient forms, and discussing
its noteworthy role in literature and other media. We learn, for
example, why letter X may have a sinister and sexual aura, how B
came to signify second best, why the word "mother" in many
languages starts with M. Combining facts both odd and essential,
"Letter Perfect" is cultural history at its most accessible and
"From the Trade Paperback edition.""
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