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The rise and fall of Adam and Eve, Stephen Greenblatt

Label
The rise and fall of Adam and Eve
Title
The rise and fall of Adam and Eve
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Greenblatt
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Stephen Greenblatt explores the enduring story of humanity's first parents. 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
  • "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, and through them, of Western civilization. Tracking the tale into the deep past, to the Hebrews' exile in Babylon, Greenblatt explores the tremendous theological, artistic, and cultural creativity over the centuries that made Adam and Eve so profoundly resonant, and continues to make them, finally, so very "real" to millions of people even in the present. Both a hymn to human responsibility and a dark fable about human wretchedness, their story--told in only a few verses in an ancient book--has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole, long history of human fears and desires. 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."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
233/.14
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
BS1237
LC item number
.G74 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The rise and fall of Adam and Eve, Stephen Greenblatt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [325]-391) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: In the house of worship -- Bare bones -- By the waters of Babylon -- Clay tablets -- The life of Adam and Eve -- In the bathhouse -- Original freedom, original sin -- Eve' s murder -- Embodiments -- Chastity and its discontents -- The politics of paradise -- Becoming real -- Men before Adam -- Falling away -- Darwin's doubts -- Epilogue: In the forest of Eden
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
419 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393240801
Lccn
2017014743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 1598408
  • (OCoLC)971354359
  • 1557908
  • (OCoLC)ocn971354359
  • 1557908
  • 1598408
  • 1598408
Label
The rise and fall of Adam and Eve, Stephen Greenblatt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [325]-391) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: In the house of worship -- Bare bones -- By the waters of Babylon -- Clay tablets -- The life of Adam and Eve -- In the bathhouse -- Original freedom, original sin -- Eve' s murder -- Embodiments -- Chastity and its discontents -- The politics of paradise -- Becoming real -- Men before Adam -- Falling away -- Darwin's doubts -- Epilogue: In the forest of Eden
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
419 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393240801
Lccn
2017014743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 1598408
  • (OCoLC)971354359
  • 1557908
  • (OCoLC)ocn971354359
  • 1557908
  • 1598408
  • 1598408

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