Books by Stephen Greenblatt

TYRANT by Stephen Greenblatt
Released: May 8, 2018

"An incisive and instructive study of personality politics and the abuse of power—topical literary criticism with classical virtues."
A leading scholar invokes the Bard of Avon to investigate why anyone would "be drawn to a leader manifestly unsuited to govern, someone dangerously impulsive or viciously conniving or indifferent to the truth." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Many fine passages charged with Greenblatt's passion and talent for storytelling can't disguise the fact that he's not quite sure what story he's trying to tell here."
The Pulitzer and National Book Award winner considers the enduring appeal and manifold interpretations of the biblical account of the first humans' expulsion from paradise. Read full book review >
REYNARD THE FOX by James Simpson
Released: March 9, 2015

"Those who are able to navigate early modern English would do better to read Caxton, but this new version has the virtue of making the Reynard stories easily accessible."
Timely translation of the medieval story cycle about a fox who constantly outwits the "not only dim-witted but also greedy, coarse and self-interested" folks in charge. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2011

"More wonderfully illuminating Renaissance history from a master scholar and historian."
Greenblatt (Humanities/Harvard Univ.; Shakespeare's Freedom, 2010, etc.) makes another intellectually fetching foray into the Renaissance—with digressions into antiquity and the recent past—in search of a root of modernity. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"An imaginative voyage to the undiscovered country in company with a master mariner. (16 pp. color illustrations, not seen)"
A re-sifting and re-imagining of the Shakespeare evidence in an attempt to discover how the Stratford lad became the celebrated poet and playwright. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2000

"A zesty work for those already initiated into the incestuous world of contemporary literary criticism—and for those who might like to see what all the fuss is about. (12 illustrations)"
A tour de force of new literary criticism. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Greenblatt's deft handling of intellectual baggage is a special gift, but his clear, quick, pungent re-creation of specific people and events in this context is remarkable. (Sixteen halftones—not seen.)"
A witty and erudite study of early American explorers and their sensibilities, by Greenblatt (English Lit./Univ. of Cal. at Berkeley; Sir Walter Raleigh, 1973). Read full book review >