The Worlds of Giordano Bruno - book cover

The Worlds of Giordano Bruno: The Man Galileo Plagiarized

A new book by Alan W Powers with 78 color photos.
Published by Cortex Design

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Harvard-Smithsonian CfA talk

Also by Alan Powers:

BirdTalk - Book Cover
published by
North Atlantic Books

BirdTalk in Italian:

Bird Talk
Conversations with Birds

Dr. Alan W. Powers


Alan W. Powers has published books on bird language and Giordano Bruno as well as a book of poems. Other publications include articles on Shakespeare and Renaissance law, folklore, Renaissance Italian drama (which he also translates) and medicine.


Giordano Bruno's Habitable Worlds

Bruno was the first modern, a man of letters and even "science writer." His incredible story is told in Alan's new book

The Worlds of Giordano Bruno.
The Man Galileo Plagiarized

ISBN-13: 978-0-9549196-4-1ui

"Good teachers get fired;
great teachers, killed--
Socrates, Christ, Giordano Bruno."

Alan Powers


Ariosto's Castle (16th C), Garfagnana, Italy

Petrarch's House (13th Century), Arqua Petrarca, Italy


  • English 58: Shakespeare. 
    Seven or eight plays, plus additional videos and one live performance: e.g., Taming, MFM, Henry the Fifth, Lear.  Attention to issues of English culture and history, including spousals, wardship,  literacy, ethnicity, and the change of reign.
  • English 51:  World Literature.  
    Ancient to Renaissance, the basic texts upon which Western Culture is founded (from Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Italian, French and Spanish). Also some passing notice of, for example, the Qu'ran. Old and New Testament, Homer, Aristophanes, Plautus, Ovid, Vergil, Dante, Rabelais, Cervantes, etc. 
  • English 33:  Beginning Poetry Writing.  
    Practice in the skills and art of verse composition, plus substantial reading of contemporary poetry in English.

National Grants:

  • NEH Seminar, Campania Felix, Naples, Italy 2000.
  • Whiting Foundation Fellowship in Italy and England, 1996.
  • Northeast MLA Summer Fellowship, 1996.
  • JC Brown Library, NEH Institute, Maritime History, 1992.
  • Folger Library, D.C., NEH Seminar, Ceremony & Text,1991
  • Breadloaf, Vt.  NEH Seminar, Cultural History, 1990.
  • Cornell U. NEH Seminar, Medicine & Humanities, 1986.
  • Harvard U. NEH Seminar, Shakespeare & Genre, 1983.
  • Brown U. NEH Fellowship in Renaissance Italian History  and  Popular Culture, 1979-80.
  • Princeton U. NEH Seminar on Comparative Lit., 1978.
  • National Merit Scholarship, at Amherst College, 1962-66.
  • Amherst Fellowship, at U. of Minnesota, 1966.

Musical Setting and Compositions:

  • W.B. Yeats, Words for Music Perhaps, BCC LRC
    _________"Brown Penny," Fuller St. Music, ASCAP
  • Dylan Thomas, "Death Shall Have No Dominion,"
    A. Powers, "Upthrush," and "Dorset Bird," jazz songs, ASCAP
  • A. Powers, lyrics to Andrew McWain, "The Carpenter's Son," Fuller St. Music, ASCAP

Film Appearances:

(Onscreen humanist) 
A Loaded Gun, directed J. Wolpaw, on Emily Dickinson's poetry.

Keats and His Nightingale, directed J. Wolpaw, 
Oscar-nominated, 1986.



Giordano Bruno
Poetry Films
ON LANGUAGE; Head Over Googol, NY Times Magazine
Minesweeping? Try Mindsweeping, NY Times
TLS Letter on Dickinson
Habitable Worlds Paintings
Alan is quoted in the text of this new book on Shakespeare and Wales

Contact: Dr. Alan W. Powers