Roger Chartier is a distinguished French historian whose work on the culture of books and reading has been central to the development of cultural history for over thirty years. He is Professor of History at the Collège de France, Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has examined the physical organization and presentation of printed works, shifting cultural conceptions of the act of reading and how the process of publication has framed readers’ representations of the world. In doing so, he has transformed our understanding of that most fundamental building block of learning and civilization: the printed text. Polity has published many of his books, including A History of Reading in the West, The Author’s Hand and the Printer’s Mind, Cardenio between Cervantes and Shakespeare andThe Sociologist and the Historian (with Pierre Bourdieu).