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Forbidden Knowledge from Prometheus to Pornography

by Roger Shattuck

  • ISBN: 9780156005517
  • ISBN10: 0156005514

Forbidden Knowledge from Prometheus to Pornography

by Roger Shattuck

  • List Price: $21.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Harcourt
  • Publish date: 10/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780156005517
  • ISBN10: 0156005514
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Description: Forbidden Knowledge has been hailed from coast to coast as a masterwork, comparable to the best of Harold Bloom, Joseph Campbell, and Lewis Thomas. In a masterwork that represents a lifetime of reading and thinking, famed critic and historian Shattuck provides a riveting account of man's inability to keep from meddling into matters perhaps best left alone.

Since Adam and Eve, humankind has been unable to resist the alluring danger of biological and scientific experimentation. The result can be harmful, or even fatal: witness the lessons of "Paradise Lost". or what happened in the tales of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein's monster. But the dangers go even further and enter our daily lives in vivid ways: did we need to keep tinkering until we unlocked the secrets of the atom? And just how far does the Marquis de Sade's reach extend?

Shattuck's brilliant synthesis of history and literature is utterly relevant to our times and addictively readable. Forbidden Knowledge is a challenging account of hubris and daring, a landmark history of Western culture that will dazzle the reader.

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