Centre for the History of the Book Annual Public Lecture
by 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.