The Swerve : How the Renaissance Began
by Stephen Greenblatt
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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THE WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION in 2012, Nearly six hundred years, a short, genial man took a very old manuscript off a shelf from the libraryWith enthusiasm, he saw what he discovered and condemned her to copyThe book had miraculously survived the copy of an ancient epic philosophical novel, On the Nature of Things by Lucretia and it changed the course of historyHe found a beautiful poem of the most dangerous of ideas – that the universe functioned without the help of the gods, that the religious of fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was composed of very small particles in eternal motionThese ideas fed the Renaissance, inspiring Botticelli, shaping the thinking of Montaigne, Darwin and EinsteinAn innovative work of the history of one of the most famous intellectuals and an exciting history of The Discovery, the Deviate details of how a manuscript, torn away from a thousand years of neglect, made possible the world as we know it2011 National Book Award Winner for Non-Fiction
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