The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

The Story That Created Us

Stephen Greenblatt (Author, Harvard University)

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Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award– winning literary scholar Stephen Greenblatt ponders one of humankind’s most powerful stories.

In this “wonderfully rich, detailed, humorous, imaginative” (Wall Street Journal) exploration, Greenblatt reveals the passionate theological, artistic, and cultural investment over centuries in the story of Adam and Eve. He examines the decisive contributions of Augustine, Dürer, and Milton to this mammoth project of collective creation as he reckons with the story’s volatile progeny, both “good” and “evil”: rich allegory, vicious misogyny, deep moral insight, narrow literalism, provocative questions and stubborn denials of scientific truth. And, of course, some of the greatest triumphs of art and literature.

Profoundly resonant and so very “real” to millions of people, Adam and Eve remain, in Greenblatt’s view, a means for understanding “the difference between a lie and a story,” and exploring the mythic heart of Western culture.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming December 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35626-7
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 432 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Other Formats

  1. Book CoverThe Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

    Hardcover

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