A riveting, exemplary tale of the great cultural "swerve" known as the Renaissance
Stephen Greenblatt is a literary critic, theorist and scholar. He has written and edited numerous books and articles relevant to new historicism, the study of culture, Renaissance studies and Shakespeare studies and is considered to be an expert in these fields. His most popular work is Will in the World, a biography of Shakespeare that was on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks. He is also co-founder of the literary-cultural journal Representations.
"Superbly readable... An exciting story, and Greenblatt tells it with his customary clarity and verve" -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst * Daily Telegraph *
"Superb history ... this concise, learned and fluently written book tells a remarkable story" -- Charles Nicholl * Observer *
"Dazzling" * Guardian *
"In this outstandingly constructed assessment of the birth of philosophical modernity, renowned Shakespeare scholar Greenblatt deftly transports reader to the dawn of the Renaissance...Readers from across the humanities will find this enthralling account irresistible" * Library Journal *
"More wonderfully illuminating Renaissance history from a master scholar and historian (starred review)" * Kirkus Reviews *