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    October 23, 2017
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author
     
    STEPHEN GREENBLATT
    with his latest work
    THE RISE AND FALL OF ADAM AND EVE
    A fresh look at the ancient biblical origin story
     
    Wednesday, November 1, at 7 pm
     
    “...wonderfully rich, detailed, humorous and imaginative...reveals...the sheer wealth of the biblical mythology and how it continues to raise questions that Darwinism doesn’t answer.”
    —A. N. Wilson, The Wall Street Journal
    “A pleasure…This is the kind of book—lucid and delightfully infuriating—that I wish more academic superstars would write.”
    Boston Sunday Globe
    “It’s a strikingly intelligent book, but it’s also accessible; [Greenblatt is] a clear, unpretentious writer who can hardly hide his fascination with the subject.”
    NPR Books

     
    “...an erudite yet accessible page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
    What: The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series welcomes back the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Swerve and Will in the World, to talk about his latest work, THE RISE AND FALL OF ADAM AND EVE, on Wednesday, November 1. Greenblatt traces the ancient biblical story from its textual creation and delves into the greatest works of literature and art associated with it.  He also documents the tale’s collision with the emerging world of science and explores how the story of Adam and Eve has resonated with different people of various time periods and faiths -- and how, in return, people have spoken back, interpreting and embroidering the text to mirror their understandings of the world. THE RISE AND FALL OF ADAM AND EVE is nothing less than the story of Western civilization: of the evolution of Western religious traditions, of Western philosophy, of Western art and culture, and of Western enlightenment. The event includes an author presentation and a Q+A moderated by Margaret Talcott, Producer of Writers in the Loft, plus a book signing and a meet-and-greet.
     
    When/Where:             Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7pm
                                      The Music Hall Loft
                                        131 Congress Street
                                        Portsmouth, NH 03801
     
    Tickets: The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Stephen Greenblatt on Wednesday, November 1, at 7 pm, is $42 ($40 members). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of THE RISE AND FALL OF ADAM AND EVE  ($27.95  hardcover), a bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet.  Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.
     
    About the Author: Stephen Greenblatt is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, in addition to Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. He is also the general editor of The Norton Shakespeare and The Norton Anthology of English Literature.  This fall his latest book, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve, was published by W. W. Norton, and a new edition of his acclaimed Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World is just out from the University of Chicago Press.
     
    About the Author: Stephen Greenblatt is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, in addition to Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. He is also the general editor of The Norton Shakespeare and The Norton Anthology of English Literature.   A new edition of his acclaimed Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World was released this October by the University of Chicago Press.
     
    About Writers in the Loft
    Akin to The Music Hall’s anchor literary series, Writers on a New England Stage, Writers in the Loft features bestselling authors in a smaller, more intimate space. The series brings audiences today’s top authors, the best of fiction and nonfiction, and award-winners across categories. The evening package includes a reserved seat and bar beverage, author presentation and Q+A, a copy of the book, and a meet-and-greet book signing with the featured writer.
     
    Series Sponsor:  RMC Research Corporation
    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa Realtors;  Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant
    Contributing Partner:  The University of New Hampshire
     
    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
     
    Web: www.TheMusicHall.org | Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall | YouTube: /musichallnh
     
    “The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene”- Yankee Magazine

    “The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” - Boston Globe
     
    For more information, contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    The Music Hall                                                                            
    mtalcott@themusichall.org
    603-433-3100x5013
    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer
    plynch@themusichall.org
     
    PRAISE for THE RISE AND FALL OF ADAM AND EVE
    “This is a rich, learned, lively book, which should engage all who are interested in the history of our imagination and the interweavings of faith, poetics, and philosophy.” —Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury
     
    “A rare combination of wide-ranging erudition with verve of exposition. Even the most familiar materials are seen in a fresh, and humane, light. This is a book that makes one understand why old myths matter, even when they are perceived unblinkingly as myths.” —Robert Alter, author of Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible
     
    “What Mr. Greenblatt’s wonderfully rich, detailed, humorous and imaginative survey reveals is the sheer wealth of the biblical mythology and how it continues to raise questions that Darwinism doesn’t answer.”—A. N. Wilson, The Wall Street Journal
    “A pleasure…This is the kind of book—lucid and delightfully infuriating—that I wish more academic superstars would write.”Boston Sunday Globe
    “It’s a strikingly intelligent book, but it’s also accessible; [Greenblatt is] a clear, unpretentious writer who can hardly hide his fascination with the subject.”NPR Books
     
    “This is an erudite yet accessible page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
     
    “Most modern theories of human civilisation are, fundamentally, about the need to deal with mortality. Stephen Greenblatt’s thrilling new book, however, on the peregrinations of the story of Adam and Eve – the world’s most influential attempt to arrest the infinite regress of creation – shows just how central the question of human origins has been to pre-scientific conceptions of humanity.” Tim Whitmarsh, The Guardian
     
    “Greenblatt’s particular genius is in synthesizing a vast array of knowledge, connecting the dots between anthropology, archaeology, biology, theology, history, philosophy, art and literature. . . . In The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve he does this brilliantly, creating a compelling and nuanced account.” Patricia L. Hagen, Minneapolis StarTribune
     
    “Stephen Greenblatt tracks Adam and Eve from an astute reading of the ancient origins of their story through a serendipitous tour of their afterlife in Jewish, Christian, and sometimes Muslim art, literature, and philosophy down to their post-Darwinian persistence in our own time. Endlessly illuminating and a sheer pleasure to read.” —Jack Miles, author of God: A Biography and general editor of The Norton Anthology of World Religions
     
    PRAISE for THE SWERVE
     
    “Greenblatt’s great and rare gift as a writer [is] an ability . . . to feel fully ‘the concentrated force of the buried past.’ ” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times
     
    “[A] nonfiction wonder…part adventure tale, part enthralling history of ideas.”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR
     
    “In the world of serious nonfiction, Stephen Greenblatt is a pleasure maker without peer.” —Dan Cryer, Newsday
     
    “Mesmerizing…Richly entertaining.”—Newsweek
     
    “It's fascinating to watch Greenblatt trace the dissemination of these ideas through 15th-century Europe and beyond, thanks in good part to Bracciolini's recovery of Lucretius' poem.” Salon.com
     
    “[The Swerve] is thrilling, suspenseful tale that left this reader inspired and full of questions about the ongoing project known as human civilization.”Boston Globe
     
    Contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    mtalcott@themusichall.org