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The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

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Stephen Greenblatt―Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning author of The Swerve and Will in the World―investigates the life of one of humankind’s greatest stories.

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, Dürer, 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.

16 pages color illustrations

Product Specifications

Author
Stephen Greenblatt Ph.D.
Binding
Hardcover
EAN
9780393240801
EANList
  • 9780393240801
Edition
1
ISBN
0393240800
ItemDimensions
  • 960 hundredths-inches
  • 650 hundredths-inches
  • 130 hundredths-inches
Label
W. W. Norton & Company
Languages
  • English, Published English, Original Language English, Unknown
Manufacturer
W. W. Norton & Company
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
432
PackageDimensions
  • 134 hundredths-inches
  • 929 hundredths-inches
  • 172 Hundredths Pounds
  • 646 hundredths-inches
ProductGroup
Book
ProductTypeName
ABIS_BOOK
PublicationDate
2017-09-12
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
ReleaseDate
2017-09-12
Studio
W. W. Norton & Company
Title
The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve
isbn-13-20
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