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Peter D'Epiro

Peter D'Epiro received a B.A. and M.A. from Queens College and his Ph.D. in English from Yale University. He has taught English at the secondary and college levels and worked as an editor and writer for thirty years. He has written (with Mary Desmond Pinkowish) Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World (Anchor Books, 2001) and What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? and 100 Other Great Cultural Lists—Fully Explicated (Anchor Books, 1998), which has appeared in British, German, Russian, Lithuanian, and Korean editions. He has also published a book and several articles on Ezra Pound’s Cantos, a book... Read More

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The Book of Firsts
Written by Peter D'Epiro
Anchor | Trade Paperback | March 2010
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-38843-8 (0-307-38843-3)

  The Book of Firsts is an entertaining, enlightening, and highly browsable tour of the major innovations of the past twenty centuries and how they shaped our world.

Peter D’Epiro makes this handy overview of human history both fun and thought-provoking with his survey of the major “firsts”—inventions, discoveries, political and military... Read more






Sprezzatura
Written by Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish
Anchor | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$17.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72019-9 (0-385-72019-X)

A witty, erudite celebration of fifty great Italian cultural achievements that have significantly influenced Western civilization from the authors of What Are the Seven Wonders of the World?

“Sprezzatura,” or the art of effortless mastery, was coined in 1528 by Baldassare Castiglione in The Book of the Courtier. No one has demonstrated... Read more






What are the Seven Wonders of the World?
Written by Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 1998
$15.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-49062-7 (0-385-49062-3)

Can you name...Newton's 3 laws of motion?The 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse?The 5 pillars of Islam? The 6 wives of Henry VIII?The 7 kinds of plane triangles? The 8 Beatitudes?If you're not sure about the answers to the above, this is the book for you. A compendium of 101 culturally significant... Read more





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