How the World Became Modern


Stephen Greenblatt's new book is “Swerve:  How the World Became Modern”.  It’s really two stories rolled into one:  the ancient Roman poet Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things,” which presented a radical vision of a universe without gods or even underlying purpose – and then the rediscovery of this poem in a 15th century German monastery. Listen to an uncut version of Steve Paulson's conversation with him here.

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The background picture of Medieval Europe was written as if I could touch and feel the people and places. Yes, I read fairy tales set with castles growing up but the reality painted by Greenblatt's book was so much better for me as an adult. I wish I could have been in the halls, on the journey and in the libraries.

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