2011 National Book Award winner Stephen Greenblatt on ‘The Swerve: How the World Became Modern’

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    [REBROADCAST] A 15th Century ‘book hunter’ ordered an ancient, forgotten poem, lost in a monastery, to be copied – this work was considered dangerous at the time, as it questioned the role of religion in society. But our guest STEPHEN GREENBLATT writes the long-term effects of the circulation of Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things” shaped the minds of Galileo, Darwin, Freud and Einstein, among other thinkers and artists, in his 2011 National Book Award-winning book, “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.” Greenblatt is the general editor of The Norton Shakespeare and the author of “Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare.”

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