One of the world’s most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an The details that Mr. Greenblatt supplies throughout The Swerve are tangy. Greenblatt won for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, a page study of the transformative cultural power wielded by an ancient. The literary critic, theorist and Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt’s new book, “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” is partly.
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Readers from across the humanities will find this enthralling account irresistible. And the further you read, the more astonishing it becomes. It’s a chapter in how we became what we are, how we greehblatt at the worldview of the present. No one can tell the whole story, but Greenblatt seizes on a crucial swerfe, a moment of recovery, of transmission, as amazing as anything in fiction.
Harvard professor and bestselling Greenbltat biographer Greenblatt ably shows in this mesmerizing intellectual history that it can. A richly entertaining read about a radical ancient Roman text that shook Renaissance Europe and inspired shockingly modern ideas like the greenblstt that still reverberate today.
From More to Shakespeare. He has edited seven collections of criticism, including Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto, and is a founding coeditor of the journal Representations. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through swrrve support?
Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. The copying and translation of this ancient book-the greatest discovery of the greatest book-hunter of his age-fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.
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Please try again later. This is a fabulous piece of popular intellectual history. For those of us who are not professional Historians but are nonetheless interested in how we got where we are, this is wonderful stuff. I was particularly interested in how the Church became obsessed with self-abnegation during the Dark Ages.
I have no idea how to judge if Swetve The Nature Of Things is really as crucial as Greenblatt thinks, but it’s a damn good story, regardless. And good stories are very useful. This beautiful and informative book by Stephen Greenblatt can be read as three separated but connected books. First, a thorough biography of the Italian politician and humanist Poggio Braccilioni, who rose from a humble origin to become a papal secretary a powerbroker zwerve the corrupt XV century Vatican courtand, who, at the same time, driven by a passion greneblatt ancient books, uncovered, transcript and recovered the manuscript of On the Nature of Things, a timeless masterpiece written by the Latin poet Lucretius two millennials ago.
Second, a historical study showing how the ideas of Epicurus and other pagan thinkers about the natural word and the centrality of pleasure were replaced and superseded by Christian doctrines about the divine providence and the centrality of suffering.
Christians thought otherwise, insisted in other worlds and we all know well brought about much misery. Early Christians portrayed Epicurus as a callous and dangerous hedonist. Sadly, for humanity, Christians sided with suffering.
They promoted chastity, self-flagellation, and pleasure avoidance. On the Nature of Things was cited by Montaigne, mentioned by Shakespeare, and read by Thomas Jefferson, among many other thinkers of the enlightenment. The process involves many false starts and dead ends, monsters, prodigies, mistakes, creatures that were not endowed with all the features that they needed to compete for resources and to create offspring.
I have only breenblatt complain about this book. Greenblatt overplayed the role greenbllatt Lucretius in helping to unsettle and transform the world. The poem is indeed unsettling. No doubt the idea of human insignificance disturbed the monopoly of the tellers of fables who dominated the Middle ages. Poggio even rejected the main message of On the Nature of Things. Be what it may, we must celebrate the amazing affinity between Lucretius and the main minds of the modern world.
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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This well-written, well-documented book makes for a fascinating read assuming one has interest in the topic.
I happen to have an interest in the process through which Greek and Roman texts were recovered by and made available to the west and so found myself quickly drawn into Greenblatt’s wonderfully told detective story.
Although I found his synopses of Lucretius’s doctrines accurate–one finds them in chapter one has to go to the poem itself–published in a wonderful prose translation by Martin Ferguson Smith but also available in several fine verse translations–to get to the details of the Epicurean view.
Greenblatt’s book is altogether accessible and will deepen and broaden one’s knowledge of the topics it addresses.
I was frankly shocked that I found The Swerve so enjoyable!
I expected to learn, and I learned a lot. I expected to be left with ideas to think about and form opinions around. Plenty of that here, too.
But Greenblatt also writes in a delightful style that verges on poetic at times. At points, there was a lot of background to be displayed before the next set of facts could be understood.
Then, the author switches gears to that novel-by-a-poet style to keep my attention. I won’t get into the ideas beyond what he calls “how the world became modern,” but I will say that a lot more history and even philosophy is on display. Tells the story of the 15th century discovery of a manuscript of a previously unknown classic text, De Rerum Natura On the Nature of Things by Lucretius, written in the first century BC.
The manuscript was discovered by an Italian, Poggio Bracciolini, who was the chief secretary for several Popes. Much of the book is devoted to Poggio’s life. Greenblatt also gives lots of interesting information on early Renaissance Italy when the humanist movement, the recovery of ancient texts, became popular among the intellectual elite. There’s also quite a bit of discussion of De Rerum Natura, which was based on the philosophies of Epicurus and Democritus. Greenblatt is a quite enthusiastic adherent to Lucretius’s philosophy, but his explanation is swere an uncritical summary.
Greenblatt is always an entertaining writer, and he has done a lot of research for greehblatt book; so all readers will learn a lot. Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver on its promise of explaining “How the world became modern. See all reviews.
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