Cataclysmic books

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Hello everybody,

I would like to know if the adjective cataclysmic in the sentence below has only negative meaning (as I've found in dictionaries) or also a connotation?

A lively survey of the extent and intensity of the impact of the book is John Carter and Percy H. Muir (eds.), Printing and the Mind of Man: The Impact of Printing

on Five Centuries of Western Civilization (1967), with succinct essays on individual cataclysmic books, how they came to be published, and whom they reached.

Thank you.
  • Glenfarclas

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    English (American)
    A cataclysm, per the WordReference dictionary, is "a violent and sudden event that produces great social changes; upheaval." Whether that's negative or not depends on your outlook, I suppose.
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