Stephen Füssel / Translated by Peter Lewis

‘A useful introduction.’
Journal of the Printing Historical Society

‘A tour de force of the man behind and the effect of the Original Information Revolution.’ 
Tom Wheeler, author of From Gutenberg to Google: The History of our Future

‘A splendid and sweeping examination of the unrivalled contributions of the “man of the millennium” … Füssel’s brilliant and penetrating examination of Gutenberg’s invention is an indispensable guide to the most disruptive new technology ever devised.’ 
Margaret Leslie Davis, author of The Lost Gutenberg


Johannes Gutenberg (c. 1400-1468) is widely heralded as one of the most influential men of the last millennium. His invention, a printing press with mechanical moving type, had an unprecedented impact on the political and cultural history of Europe and beyond. But despite his significance, a rigorous and accessible biography has not been published in English – until now.

Charting Gutenberg’s life from his youth in Mainz to his final years and lasting legacy, Stephan Füssel – one of Europe’s leading experts on Gutenberg – brings together authoritative scholarship and historical detail to illuminate the life of this fascinating figure. This short biography contains everything you need to know about the man who changed the printed word, and the world, forever

STEPHEN FÜSSEL has, since 1992, held the Gutenberg chair of the University of Mainz at the Gutenberg Institute for World Literature and Written Media and is vice-president of the International Gutenberg Society in Mainz.

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