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The Resource The swerve : how the world became modern, Stephen Greenblatt, (electronic resource eBook)

The swerve : how the world became modern, Stephen Greenblatt, (electronic resource eBook)

Label
The swerve : how the world became modern
Title
The swerve
Title remainder
how the world became modern
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Greenblatt
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this work, the author has crafted both a work of history and a story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it. 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. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius, 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, colliding and swerving in new directions. 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
Summary
A humanities professor describes the impact had by the translation of the last remaining manuscript of On the Nature of Things by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers and scientists
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2012.
  • National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2011.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2011.
  • Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, 2012.
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10009952
Cataloging source
BT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Greenblatt, Stephen
Index
index present
LC call number
PA6484
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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OverDrive, Inc
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lucretius Carus, Titus
  • Lucretius Carus, Titus
  • Renaissance
  • Philosophy, Renaissance
  • Science, Renaissance
  • Civilization, Modern
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
how the world became modern
Label
The swerve : how the world became modern, Stephen Greenblatt, (electronic resource eBook)
Link
http://downloads.live-brary.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=6CD04B68-2443-477E-A33B-77F8C68A1456
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The book hunter -- The moment of discovery -- In search of Lucretius -- The teeth of time -- Birth and rebirth -- In the lie factory -- A pit to catch foxes -- The way things are -- The return -- Swerves -- Afterlives
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780393083385
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • bc
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
6cd04b68-2443-477e-a33b-77f8c68a1456
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
  • Format: Kindle Book
  • Format: OverDrive Read
  • Requires Adobe Digital Editions or Amazon Kindle
Label
The swerve : how the world became modern, Stephen Greenblatt, (electronic resource eBook)
Link
http://downloads.live-brary.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=6CD04B68-2443-477E-A33B-77F8C68A1456
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The book hunter -- The moment of discovery -- In search of Lucretius -- The teeth of time -- Birth and rebirth -- In the lie factory -- A pit to catch foxes -- The way things are -- The return -- Swerves -- Afterlives
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780393083385
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • bc
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
6cd04b68-2443-477e-a33b-77f8c68a1456
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
  • Format: Kindle Book
  • Format: OverDrive Read
  • Requires Adobe Digital Editions or Amazon Kindle

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