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The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (Compact Disc)

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The story of Genesis is caught in a history of fictions and storytellers, or so argues Greenblatt. The image of Eden saturates western culture's literature, poetry, and philosophy as allusions to the human obsession with origins. Smart and light, Greenblatt's prose delivers a testament to research in the humanitites today. He covers so much ground in such a deft manner; I envy his talents.

— Holden

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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, D rer, 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.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781543658040
ISBN-10: 1543658040
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Language: English