The Written Self
Adam Nicolson traces our modern sense of self back to the time when ordinary people first took up the quill. At a time of great upheaval, writing was both a means of escape and of fighting for what you believed. Account books became confessionals, and letters weapons against the authorities. From an ambitious shepherd to a quaker woman imprisoned for her conscience, rising literacy allowed people to re-write both the country's future and their own.
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