The Adventurer: The Fate of Adventure in the Western World
Originally published in 1974, Paul Zweig's The Adventurer is a
stellar example of a critical essay that thrillingly brings the history
of ideas to life. In a masterful series of analyses, Zweig surveys the
genre of the "adventure story," which in his view encompasses a wide
range of literary and philosophical texts stretching from the
Odyssey and Gilgamesh, through Casanova's History of My
Life and Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, to Thus Spake
Zarathustra and the work of modern writers such as Norman Mailer;
through changes in the concept of "adventure," Zweig charts fundamental
shifts in humankind's sense of self. This is an intellectually exuberant
and profoundly insightful work of scholarship.
Father Malcolm Boyd
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