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In his 2004 Will in the World, Harvard scholar Stephen Greenblatt artfully described how Shakespeare became Shakespeare. In this equally brilliant combination biography and intellectual history, he shows us how one chance discovery in a dusty fifteenth century German library became a seminal moment in the creation of the Renaissance and, indeed, modern times. When Italian bibliophile Poggio Bracciolini opened the pages of Roman philosopher Titus Lucretius On the Nature of Things, he was, Greenblatt insists, not only rescuing a masterpiece of Epicurean poetry, he was planting the roots of an age beyond superstition and dogma. The Swerve possesses the drive of an absorbing narrative and the power of seeing a new age dawn.