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The New Historicists Are Coming!

The New Historicists are Coming!

The American Scholar for Autumn 2017 has a review by Sarah Ruden of a new book by Stephen Greenblatt, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve, Norton, 432 pp. $27.95. She says “For the New Historicism, which stresses context over text, the reception of this tale is the ultimate playground.” She records that the book  also covers how “Milton was to have three wives in all, and enshrined marriage as hard work in a great poem: the erotic and companionable love of couples was fraught and permeated with tragedy” For more detail see:


In another review the New York Times Book Review 10/8/17 Marilynne Robinson writes: