David Damrosch is Ernest Bernbaum Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and director of Harvard's Institute for World Literature. He is the author or editor of twenty-five books, including What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book (2007), Comparing the Literatures (2020) and the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature (2008). He has lectured in fifty countries around the world, and his online Harvard course, Masterpieces of World Literature, has been taken by nearly 100,000 people.
It is always a pleasure to talk about books with David Damrosch, who has read all of them, and he is so eloquent and understanding about them all -- Orhan Pamuk Restlessly curious, insightful, and quirky, David Damrosch is the perfect guide to a round-the-world adventure in reading. With such a companion, you never know where you will go next, but you can be confident that the encounter will be memorable. Count me in! -- Stephen Greenblatt, author of TYRANT and THE SWERVE An insightful journey into the books that have for so long captivated us. Profound, boundless and diverse -- Jokha Alharthi, author of Celestial Bodies Pleasurable and full of insights, Around the World in 80 Books is such a joyful journey through the places, times and people who have made our world literature. Every time I finished a chapter I felt an urge to discover or re-read the books whose stories Damrosch is telling so vividly - but that meant putting down his own book and I wasn't able do that... -- Dror Mishani, author of The Missing File and Three A vast, fascinating latticework of books within books... This rewarding literary Baedeker will inspire readers to discover new places * Kirkus * Damrosch's richly conceived survey offers readers a colorful map for an illuminating, enlivening tour of their own libraries. Travel fans and literature lovers alike will find something to savor * Publisher's Weekly *