Philip Freeman’s Newest Book Receives Positive Wall Street Journal Review | Writing

Philip Freeman, professor of humanities and holder of the Fletcher Jones Professorship in Western Culture at Seaver College, recently received a positive review from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) concerning his translation of Aristotle Poetic.

How to Tell a Story: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Storytelling for Writers and Readersby Professor Pepperdine Philip Freeman, is a new animated translation designed for maximum utility,” writes the WSJ.

Although this text by Aristotle has already been translated, Freeman’s new edition is advertised as a more accessible option for contemporary audiences. In its original form, Poetic exists as a series of compiled lecture notes that Aristotle probably gave to his students regarding the art of storytelling. Yet, given the two thousand year time gap, these records have become disorganized, damaged and, in some cases, destroyed.

Freeman’s work thus serves as the first comprehensively organized text of Aristotle’s narrative analysis. It includes additional bullet points, chapter titles, section headings, and a series of endnotes to help guide readers through mysterious aspects of the original work.

“Freeman works hard to soften the dryness of Aristotle for modern readers,” says the WSJ, acknowledging the efforts of the humanities professor.

How to Tell a Story: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Storytelling for Writers and Readers was published on May 10, 2022 by Princeton University Press, and it is Freeman’s twenty-first book. It is also his second publication of 2022; Hannibal: Rome’s greatest enemy was published earlier this year by Pegasus Books/Simon Schuster.

To learn more about How to Tell a Story: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Storytelling for Writers and Readers or the Wall Street Journal Review visit the websites of the respective publications.

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