Centre for the History of the Book

Public Lecture: Alberto Manguel

Adam's Task: A Dictionary Story

Adam's first task was to compile a sort of dictionary. Since those early days in the Garden, readers' lives have been marked by the dictionaries they have compiled and used. Dictionaries, as Adam perhaps discovered, lend us the illusion that we can say what we mean, and they are also (unfortunately for Adam) our shields against oblivion. Alberto will talk about several of the dictionaries that have been important to him throughout his reader's life and reflect on how they shaped and guided his reading.

Alberto Manguel's books A History of Reading, The Library at Night and The City of Words (among many others) have made him one of the most prominent authors on the subject of books and reading in the world today. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and an Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.  His writing appears regularly in the TLS, Village Voice, Washington Post and elsewhere. In December 2015 he was named director of the National Library in his native Argentina.

Alberto Manguel

Public Lecture: Alberto Manguel

In this talk Alberto Manguel talks about several of the dictionaries that have been important to him throughout his reader's life and he reflects on how they shaped and guided his reading.

Screening Room (G.04)
50 George Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9LH