The Resource The written world : the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization, Martin Puchner

The written world : the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization, Martin Puchner

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The written world : the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization
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The written world
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the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization
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Martin Puchner
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eng
Summary
The story of how literature shaped world history, in sixteen acts-from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to Don Quixote and Harry Potter In this groundbreaking book, Martin Puchner leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today. Puchner introduces us to numerous visionaries as he explores sixteen foundational texts selected from more than four thousand years of world literature and reveals how writing has inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, the spark of philosophical and political ideas, and the birth of religious beliefs. Indeed, literature has touched the lives of generations and changed the course of history. At the heart of this book are works, some long-lost and rediscovered, that have shaped civilization: the first written masterpiece, the Epic of Gilgamesh; Ezra's Hebrew Bible, created as scripture; the teachings of Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, and Jesus; and the first great novel in world literature, The Tale of Genji, written by a Japanese woman known as Murasaki. Visiting Baghdad, Puchner tells of Scheherazade and the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, and in the Americas we watch the astonishing survival of the Maya epic Popol Vuh. Cervantes, who invented the modern novel, battles pirates both real (when he is taken prisoner) and literary (when a fake sequel to Don Quixote is published). We learn of Benjamin Franklin's pioneering work as a media entrepreneur, watch Goethe discover world literature in Sicily, and follow the rise in influence of The Communist Manifesto. We visit Troy, Pergamum, and China, and we speak with Nobel laureates Derek Walcott in the Caribbean and Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, as well as the wordsmiths of the oral epic Sunjata in West Africa. Throughout The Written World, Puchner's delightful narrative also chronicles the inventions-writing technologies, the printing press, the book itself-that have shaped religion, politics, commerce, people, and history. In a book that Elaine Scarry has praised as "unique and spellbinding," Puchner shows how literature turned our planet into a written world. "Well worth a read, to find out how come we read."-Margaret Atwood, via Twitter "A gripping intellectual odyssey."-Publishers Weekly "An expansive, exuberant survey of the central importance of literature in human culture but also a great adventure story."-Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Swerve
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IDEBK
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1969-
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Puchner, Martin
Dewey number
809/.93358
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN51
LC item number
.P79 2017eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Literature and society
  • Literature
  • Books and reading
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
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The written world : the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization, Martin Puchner
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-388) and index
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xxiii, 412 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
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online
Isbn
9780812998948
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps.
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483d1d6e-d626-4e04-a891-f592bf1e06a7
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remote
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(OCoLC)1007839642
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The written world : the power of stories to shape people, history, civilization, Martin Puchner
Link
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-388) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xxiii, 412 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812998948
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
483d1d6e-d626-4e04-a891-f592bf1e06a7
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)1007839642

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