Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction
Winner of the 2011 nationwide ebook Award for Non-Fiction
one of many world's such a lot celebrated students, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted either an leading edge paintings of historical past and an exciting tale of discovery, within which one manuscript, plucked from 1000 years of overlook, replaced the process human idea and made attainable the realm as we all know it.
approximately 600 years in the past, a quick, genial, cannily alert guy in his past due thirties took a truly outdated manuscript off a library shelf, observed with pleasure what he had found, and ordered that or not it's copied. That ebook used to be the final surviving manuscript of an old Roman philosophical epic, On the character of Things, through Lucretius―a appealing poem of the main risky rules: that the universe functioned with no assistance from gods, that non secular worry used to be harmful to human existence, and that topic used to be made of very small debris in everlasting movement, colliding and swerving in new directions.
The copying and translation of this historic book-the maximum discovery of the best book-hunter of his age-fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists comparable to Botticelli and thinkers reminiscent of Giordano Bruno; formed the concept of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a progressive effect on writers resembling Montaigne and Shakespeare or even Thomas Jefferson. sixteen pages of colour illustrations