Book Signing and Talk with Scott G. Bruce
Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 PM
Meet author Scott G. Bruce as he speaks and signs The Penguin Book of Hell
From the Hebrew Bible's shadowy realm of Sheol to twenty-first-century visions of Hell on earth, The Penguin Book of Hell takes us through three thousand years of eternal damnation. Along the way, you'll take a ferry ride with Aeneas to Hades, across the river Acheron; meet the Devil as imagined by a twelfth-century Irish monk--a monster with a thousand giant hands; wander the nine circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno, in which gluttons, liars, heretics, murderers, and hypocrites are made to endure crime-appropriate torture; and witness the debates that raged in Victorian England when new scientific advances cast doubt on the idea of an eternal hereafter. Drawing upon religious poetry, epics, theological treatises, stories of miracles, and accounts of saints' lives, this fascinating volume of hellscapes illuminates how Hell has long haunted us, in both life and death.
Professor Scott G. Bruce teaches Medieval History at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. A native of Canada, SGB earned his B.A. in History and Latin summa cum laude at York University in Toronto (1994) before pursuing his Ph.D. in History at Princeton University (2000). After holding a Solmsen Fellowship from the Institute for Research in the Humanites at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (2001/02), he taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder for sixteen years before moving to Fordham University in 2018. An award-winning teacher and author, SGB has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, and New Zealand. He has held visiting research appointments at the Technische Universität Dresden in Germany (2003) and at the Universiteit Gent in Belgium (2009). He was recently the Derek Brewer Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom (2015).
SGB credits his abiding interest in the Middle Ages to endless hours spent reading J. R. R. Tolkien and Robert E. Howard and playing Dungeons & Dragons as a teenager in suburban Scarborough. His fascination with the restless dead dates back even further to childhood viewings of classic Ray Harryhausen films like The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts. It is no secret that he worked his way through college as a grave-digger.
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