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 upcoming 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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Latest News

Inventing the World: Venice and the Transformation of Western Civilization by Meredith F. Small

BIG NEWS: ITW has just been nominated for The Bridge Book Award, chosen by a committee of Italian writers and editors who feel that the book should be translated into Italian. There is prize money but also they fund the translation. So honored to be one of five nonfictions books nominated!! Winner announced in October.

ITW will be published in Italian by Leg Edizione but they have to wait and see if the book receives the prize above before proceeding with the translation.

Inventing the World Book Cover

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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"