Professor Leo Damrosch, Ph.D.

Professor Leo Damrosch
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
I think the greatest novels make you all too conscious of people’s limitations and wounds.
Dr. Leo Damrosch is the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature Emeritus at Harvard University, where he has been teaching since 1989. He earned a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. At Harvard, Professor Damrosch was named a Harvard College Professor in recognition of distinguished teaching. He has held National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim research fellowships and has also directed National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars for college teachers. Dr. Damrosch is the author of several books, including Tocqueville's Discovery of America, Samuel Johnson and the Tragic Sense, Symbol and Truth in Blake's Myth, The Imaginative World of Alexander Pope, Fictions of Reality in the Age of Hume and Johnson, and The Sorrows of the Quaker Jesus: James Nayler and the Puritan Crackdown on the Free Spirit. He also published a biography, Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius, which was one of five finalists for the 2005 National Book Award in Nonfiction, and won the PEN New England/Winship Award for best work of nonfiction.
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"Professor Damrosch's lectures are well organized and very easy to follow. The professor's delivery is excellent in every way, and he fully describes the works selected and quotes liberally from them."

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11 Courses and Sets

  1. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.4 out of 5
    61% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  2. Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Sale

    Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    Leo Damrosch
    4.6 out of 5
    86% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (69)
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    In this chapter-by-chapter guide, Professor Leo Damrosch of Harvard University helps you navigate the Decline and Fall’s themes, structure, and lasting influence. Whether you’ve read the book before or never knew where to start, these 24 lectures are an authoritative study of a once-mighty empire—and the great book that became its classic eulogy and epitaph.
  3. Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self

    Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self

    Leo Damrosch
    5 out of 5
    67% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Explore the idea of “self” as it developed as a concept in Enlightenment-era literature. You will take an in depth look at pivotal works by Voltaire, Franklin, Johnson, Descartes, and Rousseau, among many others. Discover how ways of thinking that we take for granted are actually startlingly recent and emerged from this rich time of thought and change.
  4. (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Books that Matter: The City of God Set on sale

    (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Books that Matter: The City of God

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $484.00 Starting at $48.90 $599.90 $48.90$599.90
    Unpack the deeper meaning of great books with this two-course Books That Matter set. Start by learning why Edward Gibbon still matters with an authoritative, chapter-by-chapter guide to The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Then, take a historical and theological journey through the final years of the ancient world with The City of God.
  5. (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Early Middle Ages Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Early Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $599.90 $399.90$599.90
    A new light has begun to fall across once "dark" ages and their fascinating personalities and events and this two-course set illuminates an ancient period in time. Start with an authoritative, chapter-by- chapter guide to Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece with Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Then, trace a journey from Scandinavia across northern and central Europe to the...
  6. (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Living History Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Living History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $599.90 $399.90$599.90
    Time and again, moments shape history and this two-course set brings those moments to life. Start by joining a Harvard professor as he helps you make sense of Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece of history writing with Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Then, Living History: Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds takes you back in time and throws a spotlight on two dozen...
  7. (Set) The Rise of Rome & Books That Matter Set

    (Set) The Rise of Rome & Books That Matter

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $599.90 $399.90$599.90
    Discover why the Roman Republic is one of the most breathtaking civilizations in world history with this two-course set. From Aeneas to Octavius, survey the story of the Roman Republic in The Rise of Rome. Then, examine a great work from multiple perspectives—one that is a vast historical chronicle, as a much as it is a compelling masterpiece of literature with Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and...
  8. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $459.90 Starting at $459.90 $459.90 $459.90$459.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.
  9. (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Rome and the Barbarians Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Rome and the Barbarians

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
    The history of the Romans has in large part been written as a story of warfare and conquest, and this two-course set looks at this ancient time with deep insight and context. Start with why the Roman Empire fell according to Edward Gibbon and a Harvard professor in Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Then, learn the story of the complex relationships which formed the basis of...
  10. The Roman Empire & Books That Matter Set

    The Roman Empire & Books That Matter

    Leo Damrosch
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    Understand ancient Rome like never before with this two-course set. Survey the rise and fall of the Roman Empire— one of the most astonishing periods in world history—with The Roman Empire: From Augustus to the Fall of Rome. Then, with Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, navigate the book’s themes, structure, philosophies, background, and lasting influence.
  11. (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $599.90 $399.90$599.90
    Much of today's world is governed by principles drawn from the Judeo-Christian tradition. Delve into the history of this story with this two-course set. Start by unpacking Edward Gibbon's entire Decline and Fall with a Harvard professor in Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Then, discover the true story behind this ethical and religious legacy with The Fall of the Pagans and...