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Margalit Fox

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in Glen Cove, N.Y., The United States



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I am a senior writer at The New York Times originally trained as a linguist, and I've been lucky enough to be able to combine my vocation with my avocation by writing narrative nonfiction books about language.

My new book, "The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code," the story of the race to decipher the mysterious Bronze Age script known as Linear B, will be published on May 14, 2013, by Ecco Press/HaperCollins. It is the real-life tale of obsession, a lost civilization, personal tragedy and the step-by-step detective work that goes into unraveling an unknown script from the ancient past.

My previous book is "Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind" (Simon & Schuster, 2007).

I hold bachelor's and mas

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‘The Riddle of the Labyrinth,’ by Margalit Fox
Published: May 30, 2013

The events of the past grow more alien as our distance from them increases, receding until they become, finally, unknowable. U
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“Looking back, one can almost imagine them stalking through the wild with specimen bottles and outsize nets, in determined pursuit of the Ojibwa adverb or the Cherokee pronoun.”
Margalit Fox, Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals about the Mind

“After all, solving a jigsaw puzzle is no fun, if you know what the picture is in advance.”
Margalit Fox, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code

“AND SO THE STORY ENDS, bracketed by two architects: Daedalus, who built the Minoan labyrinth, and Ventris, who found the thread that unraveled the tangle of writing unearthed there.”
Margalit Fox, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code

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