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Paul and the Printing Press   By: (1872-1968)

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In "Paul and the Printing Press," author Sara Ware Bassett takes readers on a captivating journey through time, blending history and fiction masterfully. Through her vivid storytelling and meticulous attention to detail, Bassett brings to life the fascinating world of the printing press, exploring its profound impact on society.

The story follows Paul, a young boy in the early 16th century who finds himself in the midst of a transformative period in European history. Against the backdrop of the Renaissance and the Reformation, Paul discovers the power of the newly invented printing press and its potential to revolutionize the dissemination of knowledge.

Bassett's characterization of Paul is remarkable, as she develops him into a relatable and endearing protagonist. His curiosity, determination, and passion for learning make him a perfect guide through this time of great change. As he navigates the complexities of this era, readers are swept up in his journey and become invested in his growth.

One of the greatest strengths of "Paul and the Printing Press" lies in Bassett's ability to transport readers to 16th century Europe. The attention to historical accuracy is commendable, immersing readers in the sights, sounds, and even the smells of the time. The author's meticulous research shines through, and it is evident that she has a deep understanding of the historical context she is depicting.

Furthermore, Bassett skillfully explores the socio-political implications of the printing press. By intertwining real historical figures and events with her fictional narrative, she presents a nuanced and thought-provoking examination of the power struggles and societal changes brought about by this revolutionary invention. This aspect of the story adds depth and complexity, elevating it beyond a simple historical tale.

The pacing of the plot is well-balanced, keeping readers engaged and eager to uncover the next twist and turn. The author's prose is accessible yet descriptive, striking the right balance between detail and action to maintain a satisfying narrative flow.

However, some readers may find the book's focus on the printing press to be too niche for their interests. While the historical significance of this invention is undeniable, it may not appeal to those seeking a broader historical narrative.

Overall, "Paul and the Printing Press" is a captivating historical fiction that successfully transports readers to a pivotal period in human history. Sara Ware Bassett's meticulous research, compelling characters, and evocative storytelling combine to make this book a must-read for history enthusiasts and fiction lovers alike.

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Paul and the Printing Press

Sara Ware Bassett

Little, Brown and Company

[Illustration: Paul gazed up at the presses that towered high above his head. FRONTISPIECE. See Page 179. ]

The Invention Series







All rights reserved Published April, 1920

Norwood Press Set up and electrotyped by J. S. Cushing Co., Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

"... Beneath the rule of men entirely great The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold The arch enchanter's wand! Itself a nothing But taking sorcery from the master hand To paralyze the Caesars and to strike The loud earth breathless! Take away the sword States can be saved without it!" BULWER LYTTON, Richelieu

It gives me pleasure to acknowledge the kindness of Mr. Edwin A. Grozier, the Editor and Publisher of The Boston Post , and the courtesy of his employees who have offered me every assistance in the preparation of this manuscript.

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