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Indexers and Indexing in Fact and Fiction By A. S. Byatt

Indexers and Indexing in Fact and Fiction by A. S. Byatt

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A wry look at the history, uses and implications of a little-considered element of books, offering an anthology of index extracts from the endearingly quaint to the plain awful. The author also examines the way indexers appear in fiction, from the fallen pedant to the frankly insane.

Indexers and Indexing in Fact and Fiction Summary

Indexers and Indexing in Fact and Fiction by A. S. Byatt

The index, taken for granted, perhaps considered boring - or not considered at all - is an essential part of a book, and some would say the most essential part. This study takes a wry look at the history, uses and implications of a previously little-considered element of the book and offers an anthology of amusing index extracts. This anthology, compiled by a professional indexer, not only examines the history of the development of the index, but also brings to light the debate and comment that the index has invited over the years, both in fact and fiction. The author examines examples of indexes from earlier centuries: some endearingly quaint; some deliberately humorous; some plain awful; and some of which are astonishing in the vehemence of the views they present. Bell also examines the depiction of indexers in fiction - and the picture she finds is not encouraging to the professional indexer: variously portrayed as diffident; domestic drudges; incompetent; fallen pedants - such as the drunken father of the classic butler in Parkinson's "Jeeves" and even frankly insane - Nabokov's megalomaniac Charles Kinbote. In crime novels, the index becomes a tool for the crime-solver - and for the blackmailer selecting his victim.

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The index, taken for granted, parhaps considered boring - or not considered at all - is an essential part of a book, and some would say the most essentila part. This study takes a wry look at the history, uses and implications

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GOR002250287
9780712347297
0712347291
Indexers and Indexing in Fact and Fiction by A. S. Byatt
Used - Very Good
Paperback
British Library Publishing
2001-10-15
160
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