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Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Review Essay

Lucien X. Polastron, Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries Throughout History, translator: Jon E. Graham (Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions, 2007); Fernando Baez, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books, translator: Alfred MacAdam (New York: Atlas & Co, 2008).

by Nancy McCormack

For those of us who have spent a lifetime around books, it’s sobering to remember that humanity’s history with the written word is not all that old. Although our earliest ancestor, Homo habilis appeared on the scene about 2.3 million years ago, writing/script did not become part of the human experience until just a few thousand years ago. What this means is that words in written form have been around for less than one per cent of our species’ time on earth. Ninety-nine per cent of human history is without a singl…