Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Angus Fletcher

Narrated By: Jacques Roy

Date: March 2021

Duration: 15 hours 11 minutes

Summary:

This “fascinating” (Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author of Outliers) examination of literary inventions through the ages, from ancient Mesopotamia to Elena Ferrante, shows how writers have created technical breakthroughs—rivaling 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 significant developments in the history of literature. These inventions can be scientifically shown to alleviate grief, trauma, loneliness, anxiety, numbness, depression, pessimism, and ennui, while sparking creativity, courage, love, empathy, hope, joy, and positive change. They can be found throughout literature—from ancient Chinese lyrics to Shakespeare’s plays, poetry to nursery rhymes and fairy tales, and crime novels to slave narratives.

A “refreshing and remarkable” (Jay Parini, author of Borges and Me: An Encounter) exploration of the new literary field of story science, Wonderworks teaches you everything you wish you learned in your English class, and “contains many instances of critical insight....What’s most interesting about this compendium is its understanding of imaginative representation as a technology” (The New York Times).

Genres:

  • Philip H.

    Interesting insights about historical literature. The writing and narration were okay.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature

by Angus Fletcher

has successfully been added to your shopping cart

Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature, Angus Fletcher
Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature, Angus Fletcher
This title is due for release on March 9, 2021.

Enter your email below to be notified as soon as it is available!

By clicking "Notify Me" you consent to receiving electronic marketing communications from Audiobooks.com. You will be able to unsubscribe at any time.

Already a member? Log In to add this title to your wishlist.
Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature, Angus Fletcher
This title is due for release on March 9, 2021
We'll send you an email as soon as it is available!

Already a member?
Log in to add this title in your wishlist
Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature, Angus Fletcher
Please Log in and add this title to your wishlist.
Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature, Angus Fletcher

We will send you an email as soon as this title is available.