Meredith F. Small

Anthropologist • Writer • Educator

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Meredith Small is a best-selling author, award-winning anthropologist, Professor Emerita at Cornell University, and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania. 


Meredith’s latest published  book, Inventing the World: Venice and the Transformation of Western Civilization discusses the historical and anthropological influences of Venice, Italy, on Western society through a long list of uniquely Venetian inventions.

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Current News:  Manuscript of latest book, Here Begins the Dark Sea: How a Fifteenth Century Venetian Monk Drew a Map of the World and Foresaw the Future just submitted to Pegasus Books. Coming out May, 2023!!





Latest News: Inventing the World will be published in Italian  by Leg Edizione  in August or September! 

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"In elegant, engaging prose, Meredith Small shows the mother-child relation to be a microcosm of society"
"[Small's] concise, readable treatment of cross-cultural differences in child-rearing will interest everyone from high school students to grandparents, with or without children."
"Lays out the fundamental wiring diagrams of human sexuality ... essential knowledge"