The Footnote A Curious History

Anthony Grafton

The weapon of pedants, the scourge of undergraduates, the bête noire of the “new” liberated scholar: the lowly footnote, long the refuge of the minor and the marginal, emerges in this book as a singular resource, with a surprising history that says volumes about the evolution of modern scholarship. In Anthony Grafton’s engrossing account, footnotes to history give way to footnotes as history, recounting in their subtle way the curious story of the progress of knowledge in written form.

Dicen que dijo Rafael «Guerrita», torero de casta, o quizá Rafael Gómez Ortega «El Gallo», de la misma especie: Hay gente pa tó. O quizá el libro en cuestión no es más que un tratado sobre una forma particularmente refinada de solipsismo (eso de weapon of pedants).