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Just as it "takes a thief to catch a thief," so the forger greatly aids the search for historical truth, maintains Anthony Grafton in this wide-ranging exploration of the links between forgery and scholarship. Labeling forgery the "criminal sibling" of criticism, he describes a panorama of remarkable individuals--forgers, from classical Greece through the recent past, who produced a variety of splendid triumphs of learning and style, and scholarly detectives, who honed the tools of scholarship in attempts to unmask these skillful fakers. In the process he discloses the extent, the coherence, and the historical interest of two significant and tightly intertwined strands in the Western intellectual tradition. "The desire to forge," writes the author, "can bite and infect almost anyone: . . . the honest as well as the rogue." Forgers are inspired not only by ambition or greed but also by impulses to play jokes, exuberant desires to see the past made whole again, or serious wishes to invoke divine or distantly historical authority for particular spiritual or national traditions. Whatever their goals, forgers in classical antiquity as well as in the modern era have often been well ahead of critics in the pursuit of methods of authenticating documents, and Grafton shows that many techniques normally considered the invention of scholars in early modern Europe were already employed in classical times. This accessible work discusses forgers as different from each other as Dionysus the "Renegade," Erasmus, Carlo Sigonio, James Macpherson ("Ossian"), Thomas Chatterton, and the great sixteenth-century Dominican scholar Giovanni Nanni (Annius) of Viterbo, whose forged histories by Berosus, Manetho, and other ancient authors drove the real histories of the ancient world from the literary marketplace for almost a hundred years. One chapter is devoted to comparing three scholars--Porphyry (third century), Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614), and Richard Reitzenstein (1861-1931)--whose efforts to deal with the same body of forged material, the Hermetica, reveal both continuity and change in critical method. What emerges from Forgers and Critics is a new appreciation for a strange literary genre that has flourished for over 2500 years--amusing its uninvolved observers, enraging its humiliated victims, and, most importantly, contributing to a richer sense of what the past was really like.
"Grafton makes clear that the master forger must also be ... a scholar ... as knowledgeable as those whom he is trying to fool.... This elegant monograph ranges from Porphyry through Isaac Casaubon ... on to Scaliger, Chatterton and others, though its focus remains the transmission of classical texts. Or, rather, pseudo-classical texts."--Washington Post
Titel: Forgers and Critics: Creativity and ...
Verlag: Princeton University Press
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Buchbeschreibung Princeton University Press, 1990. Buchzustand: Good. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP62835043
Buchbeschreibung Princeton University Press, 1990. Buchzustand: Good. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP9771817
Buchbeschreibung Princeton University Press, 1990. Buchzustand: Good. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP88578376
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Buchbeschreibung Princeton University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Very Good. No writing in text; light shelf wear. Ships with tracking the same or next business day from New Haven, CT. We fully guarantee to ship the exact same item as listed and work hard to maintain our excellent customer service. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 05081720
Buchbeschreibung Princeton University Press, 1990. Hardcover. 168pp. Would be brand new except for owner's ink signature and date inside / bright and crisp dust jacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 207139
Buchbeschreibung Princeton University Press 1990-03-07, 1990. Hardcover. Buchzustand: good. 0691055440. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 551144
Buchbeschreibung Princeton University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020691055440
Buchbeschreibung Princeton University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Like New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P010691055440
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