Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature (Compact Disc)

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By Angus Fletcher, Jacques Roy (Read by)
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What if we imagined the history of literature not as a long line of various texts, but rather as a series of brilliant inventions each designed to address a critical human dilemma?  How do you heal a broken heart, face death with courage, or live a life of purpose?  Science struggles to help us address these issues, but we also turn time and again to literature for solace and answers.  Angus Fletcher spins a captivating account of why this is so.  I want to invite Angus over for dinner once a week for the rest of my life!  Huge fan.   

— Samantha


A brilliant examination of literary inventions through the ages, from ancient Mesopotamia to Elena Ferrante, that shows how writers have created technical breakthroughs--rivaling any scientific inventions--and engineering enhancements to the human heart and mind.Literature is a technology like any other. And the writers we revere--from Homer, Shakespeare, Austen, and others--each made a unique technical breakthrough that can be viewed as both a narrative and neuroscientific advancement. Literature's great invention was to address problems we could not solve: not how to start a fire or build a boat, but how to live and love; how to maintain courage in the face of death; how to account for the fact that we exist at all. Wonderworks reviews the blueprints for twenty-five of the most powerful developments in the history of literature. These inventions can be scientifically shown to alleviate grief, trauma, loneliness, anxiety, numbness, depression, pessimism, and ennui--all while sparking creativity, courage, love, empathy, hope, joy, and positive change. They can be found all throughout literature--from ancient Chinese lyrics to Shakespeare's plays, poetry to nursery rhymes and fairy tales, and crime novels to slave narratives. An easy-to-understand exploration of the new literary field of story science, Wonderworks teaches you everything you wish you learned in your English class. Based on author Angus Fletcher's own research, it is an eye-opening and thought-provoking work that offers us a new understanding of the power of literature.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781797120201
ISBN-10: 1797120204
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: March 9th, 2021
Language: English