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Name:  Alan C. Purves  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Philadelphia, Pa.

-- Alan C. Purves on WorldCat --

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Published Works

  • How Porcupines Make Love, Notes on a Response-Centered Curriculum, Wiley, 1972
  • Literature Education in Ten Countries, Wiley, 1973
  • Assessment in Literature, Pergamon, 1977
  • Achievement in Reading and Literature, The United States in International Perspective, Pergamon, 1981
  • An International Perspective on the Assessment of Composition, Pergamon, 1982
  • The Scribal Society, An Essay on Literature and Schooling in the Information Age, Longman, 1990
  • The Web of Text and the Web of God, An Essay on the Third Information Transformation, Guilford, 1998

Selected Titles At Your Library

How porcupines make love II :
ISBN: 0801303826. OCLC Number:

Longman,. New York :. ©1990.

The scribal society :
ISBN: 0801303788. OCLC Number:

Longman,. New York :. ©1990.

The web of text and the web of God :
ISBN: 1572302496. OCLC Number:

Guilford Press,. New York :. ©1998.

Technology's influence upon our sense of self and our consciousness of the world around us has been a subject of increasing concern in recent years. Offering a provocative new perspective, this deeply personal book by the late Alan C. Purves, renowned literacy scholar and English educator, embraces as its focus the electronic medium known as hypertext. Elucidating vital connections between the written word and how human beings think, communicate, and worship, Purves thoughtfully examines the vast implications of hypertext for our society's conception of literacy and our philosophical and spiritual lives.



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