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Harvard Prof Wins National Book Award

Stephen Greenblatt won in the non-fiction category for his book 'The Swerve: How The World Became Modern"

By: Rebecca Ihilchik

Published: November 17th, 2011 in Culture » Books » News

Harvard Prof Wins National Book Award

Harvard humanities professor, Stephen Greenblatt, has won the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

His book “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” (Norton) emerged victorious at last night’s New York ceremony, where Greenblatt received a bronze statue and $10,000. “The Swerve” explores the history behind Roman poet Lucretius’s epic “On the Nature of Things” and how its rediscovery sparked the Renaissance.

The professor had previously been nominated for the National Book Award for his biography “Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare,” but this is his first win.

An emotional Greenblatt told the press he was “fighting back tears.”

"My book is about the power of books to cross boundaries, to speak to you impossibly across space, time and distance. To have someone long dead seem to be in the room with you and speaking into your ear."

Greenblatt is currently the editor of The Norton Shakespeare and the author of many academic works. He is considered to be the founder of the literary theory ‘New Historicism’ and one of the world’s foremost scholars.

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