Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince | How to Fall in Love with Classics

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Gwee Li Sui will talk about how The Prince paved the way to modern political thought and secures its relevance in today’s world.

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Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is a manual written to win the favour of sixteenth-century Florence’s ruling House of Medici. It controversially promises to teach the art of effective governance through the cultivation of self as a figure of power. Gwee Li Sui will talk about how this book paved the way to modern political thought and secures its relevance in today’s world.

 About How to Fall in Love with Classics:

How to Fall in Love with Classics is an exciting National Library Board lecture series that celebrates the classics. This series looks lovingly and thoughtfully at a few texts to understand the special pleasure we get from them. The study should help to ignite or rekindle your own passion for literature. You may grasp more firmly the importance of particular works and learn to appreciate them more.

Every lecture will explore one classic for its various forms of meaning. The text will be dissected to reveal connections to ideas in history, culture, and society. We will also observe how this can enhance our reflections on ourselves and the world. Series 10 will look at four self-help classics: Sei Shōnagon’s The Pillow Book, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, and Arthur Yap’s “there is no future in nostalgia”.

 About the Speaker:

Gwee Li Sui is a poet, a graphic artist, and a literary critic. His works of verse include Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998), One Thousand and One Nights (2014), The Other Merlion and Friends (2015), Haikuku (2017), Death Wish (2017) and This Floating World (2021). A familiar name in Singapore’s cultural scene, Gwee Li Sui wrote our first long-form graphic novel in English Myth of the Stone back in 1993. He has edited several acclaimed literary anthologies, taught at several universities, and lectured on a vast range of subjects. He has also written FEAR NO POETRY!: An Essential Guide to Close Reading (2014) and Spiaking Singlish: A Companion to How Singaporeans Communicate (2017).

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