The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (Hardcover)

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When Stephen Greenblatt (Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University) writes, the angels of the Humanities still their songs and listen, enthralled, emerging more learned on the ways of humankind. Greenblatt is a genius storyteller and scholar. Read all or any of his works, but please don’t miss The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (2011; winner of 2012 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction), or his latest, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (2017). No need to waste more time reading my words now; Greenblatt awaits!!

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Bolder, even, than the ambitious books for which Stephen Greenblatt is already renowned, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve explores the enduring story of humanity's first parents. Comprising only a few ancient verses, the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole, long history of our fears and desires, as both a hymn to human responsibility and a dark fable about human wretchedness.

Tracking the tale into the deep past, Greenblatt uncovers the tremendous theological, artistic, and cultural investment over centuries that made these fictional figures so profoundly resonant in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim worlds and, finally, so very "real" to millions of people even in the present. With the uncanny brilliance he previously brought to his depictions of William Shakespeare and Poggio Bracciolini (the humanist monk who is the protagonist of The Swerve), Greenblatt explores the intensely personal engagement of Augustine, Durer, and Milton in this mammoth project of collective creation, while he also limns the diversity of the story's offspring: rich allegory, vicious misogyny, deep moral insight, and some of the greatest triumphs of art and literature.

The biblical origin story, Greenblatt argues, is a model for what the humanities still have to offer: not the scientific nature of things, but rather a deep encounter with problems that have gripped our species for as long as we can recall and that continue to fascinate and trouble us today.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393240801
ISBN-10: 0393240800
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 432
Language: English
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