‘The Golden Thread’ is an enthralling and accessible history of the cultural miracle that is the written word.
It is meant to share ideas in every field of human endeavor, and a motor of cultural, scientific and political progress.
‘The Golden Thread’ raises the fundamental question: ‘What does it mean to be literate in the world of the early twenty-first century?
Ewan Clayton marks each step in the historical development of writing, also explores the social and cultural impact of every stage like the invention of the alphabet;
the replacement of the papyrus scroll with the codex in the late Roman period;
the perfecting of printing using moveable type in the fifteenth century and the ensuing spread of literacy;
the industrialization of printing during the Industrial Revolution; the impact of artistic Modernism on the written word in the early twentieth century – and of the digital switchover at the century’s close.