Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt is an American Shakespearean, literary historian, and author. He is a professor of the humanities at Harvard University and is known for his work in the field of New Historicism, a method of literary criticism that he helped establish in the 1980s. Greenblatt has written extensively on Shakespeare, the Renaissance, and the history of literature. He won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and the National Book Award for Nonfiction for his book 'The Swerve: How the World Became Modern'.


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  1. 1. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    The book explores the rediscovery of a long-lost poem by Lucretius, "On the Nature of Things," in the 15th century by an Italian humanist and book hunter. This poem's rediscovery, according to the book, led to a monumental shift in cultural and philosophical thought, paving the way for the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and modern science. The book delves into the poem's content, which challenges religious dogma and promotes a world driven by natural laws and human innovation, and its profound influence on thinkers and artists for centuries.

  2. 2. Will In The World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

    "Will In The World" is a biography of Shakespeare that explores how he became one of the greatest writers in history. Stephen Greenblatt delves into the political and cultural influences of Elizabethan England, as well as the personal experiences and relationships that shaped Shakespeare's life and work. Through a combination of historical research and literary analysis, Greenblatt paints a vivid portrait of Shakespeare's world and the man who transformed it with his words.