The Devil's Details

A History of Footnotes
Touchstone Books (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 1. November 2007
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  • 160 Seiten
978-1-4165-8733-0 (ISBN)
Footnotes 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.

  • Englisch
  • New York
  • |
  • USA
Simon + Schuster Inc.
  • 0,23 MB
978-1-4165-8733-0 (9781416587330)
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Chuck Zerby


1. The Endangered Footnote

2. The Early Years

3. A Poetic Interlude

4. The Years of Discipline

5. The Illusion of Empire

6. A Poetic Interlude II

7. Toward the Virtual Footnote

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