The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began by Stephen Greenblatt review

By David Larsen In Books

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7th January, 2012
The devil is in the subtitle. ­Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began is a small book with big ambitions. Both the ambitions and the book could stand to be smaller. “Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. The book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, ...

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