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The Written World
The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization
By (author): Martin Puchner
9780812988277 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Civilization Jul 24, 2018
$27.00 CAD
Active 6.1 x 9.2 x 1.2 in 464 pages COLOR PHOTO INSERT; B/W PHOTOS THROUGHOUT; MAPS Random House Trade Paperback Random House Trade Paperbacks
On this remarkable journey through history—from 2100 BC to the present—the power of literature to shape people, civilizations and the world is explored through 16 key stories from over 4,000 years—from The Iliad’s influence on Alexander the Great, through to J.K. Rowling today.

In this delightful book, Martin Puchner takes us on a journey through history, to tell the stories that affected the history of the world and the world in which we live today. Puchner offers a worldwide perspective on great texts, beginning with the first written story, The Epic of Gilgamesh, through the book of Ezra, Confucius, The Tale of Genji, Cervantes’ Don Quixote, up to the present. Fascinating facts and insights about people—Gutenberg, Ben Franklin, Goethe—and inventions—writing technologies, the printing press, the book—and how they shaped religion, politics, and commerce are also explored. Puchner brings history and literature to life and changes the way we view the power of great stories, past, present, and future, as he tells the story of civilization and literature in 16 acts: how stories have shaped us and given us The Written World.

Publication History: Random House HC (10/17)

MARTIN PUCHNER is a prize-winning author, teacher, public speaker, and institution builder in the arts and humanities. He is the Byron and Anita Wein Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University and the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature and the Norton Anthology of Western Literature. His writings range from philosophy and theater to world literature and have been translated into many languages. He has brought 4000 years of literature into the classroom as well as to his HarvardX MOOC Masterpieces of World Literature: goo.gl/uzQN4H.

Author Residence: Cambridge, MA

Author Hometown: Erlangen, Germany

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“[Puchner] emphasises the ubiquity of storytelling across human history, elevating it in the manner of the historian Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind into perhaps the defining human trait, necessary to instil the trust on which so much else is built. . . . The book builds a convincing case that writing technologies are more foundational in major historical moments than we may have otherwise thought.”Financial Times

“If you love literature (and if you are reading this column you probably do), then you are likely to find Martin Puchner’s The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization enthralling. . . . Puchner is a generous, natural teacher who brings these works and their origins to vivid life. . . . Education and enthusiasm combine seamlessly in Puchner’s sweeping narrative, which comprises history, biography, technology and ideas. And while it is a cliché to say he brings literature to life, he does exactly that, connecting the dots of civilization in new and interesting ways. The Written World is perfect reading for a long chilly night, and it will leave you thinking in new ways about the wondrous thing called literature that, perhaps, we sometimes take for granted.”—BookPage

“Puchner has a keen eye for the ironies of history. . . . [His] seemingly boundless curiosity propels him not just through the world of books but around the globe. . . . His ideal is ‘world literature,’ a phrase he borrows from Goethe, who was impatient with cultural frontiers, read Chinese novels and Persian poetry and knew a dozen languages. The breathtaking scope and infectious enthusiasm of this book are a tribute to that ideal.”The Sunday Times

“In this timely chronicle, Puchner, a professor of English and comparative literature at Harvard University, tells the story both of the ideas that shaped civilization and the equally crucial technology that transmitted and preserved those ideas. . . . By providing snapshots of key moments in the written word’s evolution, Puchner creates a gripping intellectual odyssey.”Publishers Weekly

“Puchner doesn’t just tell us about the important works of literature that have shaped civilization over four thousand years, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Don Quixote to J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. He tells us about the people whose personal persuasions led them to create those works. It’s literature not as mirror, then, but as potent force.”Library Journal

“Well worth a read, to find out how come we read.”—Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

The Written World is not only an expansive, exuberant survey of the central importance of literature in human culture but also a great adventure story—a story of letters and paper and rocket ships, of ruthless conquerors and elegant court ladies and middle-class entrepreneurs, of the will to power and the dream of freedom.”—Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

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