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The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
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Apr 12, 12

bookshelves: history, lit-crit
Read in April, 2012

I really like Stephen Greenblatt's work. He is an extraordinary scholar and has the ability to write extremely well for a general audience. I had never heard of Lucretius or his famous poem "On the Nature of Things," but after reading this book I would like to try. I also want to delve into some essays by Montaigne, particularly "To philosophize is to learn to die." If anyone knows of some good English editions of these works, please let me know!

Overall, this book gave me a lot to chew on, particularly concerning death (why we shouldn't fear it), Epicurean philosophy (how to live), and the history of books. Fascinating stuff!
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