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    DescriptionThis title is winner of the pulitzer prize for nonfiction. Almost six hundred years ago, a short, genial man took a very old manuscript off a library shelf. With excitement, he saw what he had discovered and ordered it copied. The book was a miraculously surviving copy of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, "On the Nature of Things" by Lucretius and it changed the course of history. He found a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas - that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion. These ideas fuelled the Renaissance, inspiring Botticelli, shaping the thoughts of Montaigne, Darwin and Einstein. An innovative work of history by one of the world's most celebrated scholars and a thrilling story of discovery, "The Swerve" details how one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, made possible the world as we know it. Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Nonfiction.


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    Title
    The Swerve
    Subtitle
    How the Renaissance Began
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Greenblatt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 275 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099572442
    ISBN 10: 0099572443
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBLH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3H
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX, HB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25560
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037020
    BIC subject category V2: 3H, 1D, 3JB
    DC23: 940.21
    Illustrations note
    col. Illustrations
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    06 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Stephen Greenblatt is a literary critic, theorist and scholar. He has written and edited numerous books and articles relevant to new historicism, the study of culture, Renaissance studies and Shakespeare studies and is considered to be an expert in these fields. His most popular work is Will in the World, a biography of Shakespeare that was on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks. He is also co-founder of the literary-cultural journal Representations.
    Review quote
    "Superbly readable... An exciting story, and Greenblatt tells it with his customary clarity and verve" -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst Daily Telegraph "Superb history ... this concise, learned and fluently written book tells a remarkable story" -- Charles Nicholl Observer "Dazzling" Guardian "In this outstandingly constructed assessment of the birth of philosophical modernity, renowned Shakespeare scholar Greenblatt deftly transports reader to the dawn of the Renaissance...Readers from across the humanities will find this enthralling account irresistible" Library Journal "More wonderfully illuminating Renaissance history from a master scholar and historian (starred review)" Kirkus Reviews
    Back cover copy
    Almost six hundred years ago, a short, genial man took a very old manuscript off a library shelf. With excitement, he saw what he had discovered and ordered it copied. The book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things by Lucretius and it changed the course of history. It is a thrilling beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas – that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion. These ideas fuelled the Renaissance, inspiring Botticelli, shaping the thoughts of Galileo, Darwin and Einstein, and influencing Montaigne. An innovative work of history by one of the world’s most celebrated scholars and a thrilling story of discovery, The Swerve details how one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, made possible the world as we know it. ‘Superbly readable… An exciting story, and Greenblatt tells it with his customary clarity and verve’ Daily Telegraph ‘Superb history… This concise, learned and fluently written book tells a remarkable story’ Observer