Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography

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Harcourt Brace, 1997 - History - 369 pages
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"Hailed from coast to coast as an extraordinary and provocative work and compared with the best of Harold Bloom, Joseph Campbell, and Lewis Thomas, Forbidden Knowledge explores two of today's most important moral issues: the explosion of scientific knowledge and the problem of pornography as represented by the recent rehabilitation of the Marquis de Sade. In a compelling synthesis of history and literature, Shattuck challenges the meaning of moral responsibility in our daily life, providing a landmark history of Western culture that will dazzle the reader."--Cover.

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Shattuck (literature, Boston Univ.), the author of The Forbidden Experiment (Kodansha, 1994), enters the culture wars with an examination of the limits of knowledge and the breaking of taboos. Drawing ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Roger Shattuck taught for many years at Boston University and now resides in Vermont. He is the author, most recently, of "Candor & Perversion".

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