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Stephen Greenblatt

Autor(a) de The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

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About the Author

Stephen Greenblatt is a literary critic, theorist and scholar. He is the author of Three Modern Satirists: Waugh, Orwell, and Huxley (1965); Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare (1980); Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture (1990); Redrawing the Boundaries: The mostrar mais Transformation of English and American Literary Studies (1992); The Norton Shakespeare (1997); Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (2004); Shakespeare's Freedom (2010); and The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (2011). (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Stephen Greenblatt

Hamlet in Purgatory (2001) 259 cópias
The Norton Shakespeare: Tragedies (1997) — Editor — 187 cópias
The Norton Shakespeare: Comedies (1997) — Editor — 166 cópias
The Norton Shakespeare: Romances and Poems (1997) — Editor — 134 cópias
The Norton Shakespeare: Histories (1997) — Editor — 129 cópias
The Norton Shakespeare Vol. 2: Later Plays (2008) — Editor — 95 cópias
New world encounters (1986) 38 cópias
Allegory and Representation (1981) 37 cópias
The Greenblatt Reader (2005) 24 cópias
The Norton Shakespeare: Two Volume Set (2015) — Editor — 6 cópias
The Uncoupling 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (1589) — Editor, algumas edições31,856 cópias
Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall (New York Review Books Classics) (2002) — Editor, algumas edições238 cópias
Criticism: Major Statements (1964) — Contribuinte — 223 cópias
Staging the Renaissance (1991) — Contribuinte — 76 cópias
Reynard the Fox: A New Translation (2015) — Prefácio, algumas edições74 cópias
A New History of Early English Drama (1997) — Prefácio, algumas edições57 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Greenblatt, Stephen
Nome de batismo
Greenblatt, Stephen Jay
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locais de residência
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Berkeley, California, USA
Yale University (B.A.|1964|Ph.D|1969)
Pembroke College, Cambridge (M.Phil.|1966)
literary critic
Targoff, Ramie (wife)
University of California, Berkeley
Harvard University
Modern Language Association of America
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1987)
American Philosophical Society (2007)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (2008)
James Russell Lowell Prize (1989 and 2011)
Erasmus Institute Prize (2002)
Mellon Distinguished Humanist Award (2002) (mostrar todas 12)
William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theater (2005)
Wilbur Cross Medal (2010)
National Book Award for Nonfiction (2011)
Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (2012)
Holberg Prize (2016)
Accademia degli Arcadi
Jill Kneerim
Pequena biografia
Stephen Greenblatt is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University as well as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is the General Editor of The Norton Shakespeare and the General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. He divided his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Vermont. [from The Swerve (2011)



Would have made a good magazine article. The preface and chapters 8, 10 & 11 were the interesting parts for me; all the rest was a too academic review of 15th century Italian whatever. It was not what I expected from the title.

I was not previously aware of the content of Lucretius' poem but am always blown away by how the ancient Greeks, just by thinking about things, had everything figured out, right down to atoms & evolution.
Abcdarian | outras 142 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
I don't necessarily agree with all of Greenblatt's arguments, but he creates here a worthy portrait and discussion to add to the vast database of information and theories on Shakespeare's life and times.
therebelprince | outras 58 resenhas | Apr 21, 2024 |
This book is subtitled “How the Renaissance Began”, which is a heck of a stretch. Setting that aside, this is an absolutely fascinating history of the re-discovery in the early 1400s of a long-lost work from antiquity, and about the life and times of its discoverer. Whether this work really helped trigger the Renaissance is another matter, but it certainly contributed.

The work was Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (“On the Nature of Things”), and it was written some time in the first century BC. Only a very few copies (literally copies which had been made and remade by scribes in monasteries over the centuries) survived until the 15th Century.

One of those copies was found by a remarkable man, Poggio Bracciolini. A great deal of The Swerve is about this man and his life, who acted as principal secretary to a series of Popes over a period of 50 years.

Lucretius was a follower of the philosopher Epicurius, who lived two centuries earlier, and his poem De Rerum Natura is perhaps the most beautiful expression of the Epicurian philosophy.

Among the many radical thoughts which Lucretius expressed were (as set out by Greenblatt in The Swerve):

• Everything is made of tiny invisible particles.

• These particles are indivisible and eternal.

• The particles are infinite in number but come in a limited number of shapes and sizes.

• All particles are in motion in an infinite void.

• The universe has no creator or designer.

• Nature ceaselessly experiments with different shapes and configurations of animals.

• The universe was not created for humans.

• Humans are not unique. We’re similar to other animals.

• Human society did not begin in a Golden Age from which it has declined, but in a battle for survival.

• There is no afterlife.

• Death is nothing to us, because experience ceases.

• All religions are delusions.

That these ideas are remarkably modern, even though set out more than 2,000 years ago by a Roman citizen, should be obvious. What is also obvious is how subversive they were to the mediaeval scholars reading them, contradicting the prevailing Judeo-Christian view of the world.

That nevertheless these ideas were able to spread in those times once Lucretius’ poem was rediscovered is perhaps even more remarkable.

There’s much, much more in The Swerve. A really excellent and fascinating book. A candidate for my best read of the year so far, competing with The Vital Question and A God in Ruins.

I’m glad I unearthed it in a second-hand bookshop in Bendigo, at least faintly mirroring the unearthing of De Rerum Natura in the library of a mediaeval monastery by Poggio Bracciolini.
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davidrgrigg | outras 142 resenhas | Mar 23, 2024 |
Going into this book, I suspected that I would not find the author's conclusion (that Lucretius' poetic explication of Epicurean philosophy, On the Nature of Things was a keystone of modern materialistic thought) compelling. And that suspicion was correct. But the book was enjoyable, nonetheless.
[Audiobook Note: The reader, Edoardo Ballerini, was great. He deftly handled all the Latin, Italian, German and French text. (Although I do have one quibble. Like most English-speakers, he put the emphasis on Epicurus' name on the 3rd syllable, instead of the 2nd where it belongs.)]… (mais)
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Treebeard_404 | outras 142 resenhas | Jan 23, 2024 |



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