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The Written Self

Adam Nicolson traces our modern sense of self back to when ordinary people first took up the quill, both as a means of escape and of fighting for what you believed.

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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Mon 20 Mar 2017 00:40

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