Mar 25, 2013 · 7:00 PM
Tells the suspenseful story of the discovery 600 years ago by a "book hunter" of a long-neglected manuscript, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius. This Greek masterpiece tells of a world that functions without the direct aid of the gods, that suggests that religious fear can damage human life, and that matter is made up of small participles in constant motion. The sub-title of the book is "How the World Became Modern", a shift in viewpoint that Greenblatt ascribes to the Lucretian ideas. The book was the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction and the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction. The author, Stephen Greenblatt (who also wrote Will in the World about Shakespeare and his times) is a greatly gifted writer who has nested his compulsively readable ideas within a quest narrative. Join us for a discussion of this important and accessible book.