Martin Puchner holds the Byron and Anita Wien Chair in drama and in English and comparative literature at Harvard University. As general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature, he has brought 4,000 years of literature to students across the globe. He is the author of The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization (2017) and The Language of Thieves: My Family’s Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried to Eliminate (2020).
Communication and language
How a secret European language ‘made a rabbit’ and survived
How Rotwelsch, the secret lingo of vagrants who mistrusted big words and official institutions, survived via police archives
by Martin Puchner