NYRB News


Congratulations to Stephen Greenblatt, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

This week, the National Book Awards bestowed the 2011 prize for nonfiction to Stephen Greenblatt for his masterful work, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. Greenblatt is a distinguished scholar who has previously published many outstanding works on English literature, including the bestselling Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare.

In May 2012, NYRB Classics will publish Sir Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici and Urne-Burial, edited and introduced by Stephen Greenblatt and Ramie Targoff. Thomas Browne was an English Renaissance author and physician who wrote about both Christian spirituality and medicine. Religio Medici, is an assessment of his relationships with both his medical profession and his Christian faith. Browne also wrote about philosophy, as one can read in Urne-Burial, a meditation on mortality. Greenblatt and Targoff’s extensive introduction and rich annotations will surely further illuminate what is already an enlightening read.