This is a must-see for all literature lovers. Harvard Book Store welcomes Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning author STEPHEN GREENBLATT for a discussion of his latest book, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve.
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.
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The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve will be on sale at the event for 20% off.