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Dante in Love: A Biography

Dante in Love: A Biography by A. N. Wilson 0374134685 9780374134686
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<div> <p>Dante is considered the greatest of all European poetsyethis most famous work,<i>The Divine Comedy</i>, remains widely unread.<br /> <br /> Fueled by a lifetimes obsession with Dante Alighieriand his work, the distinguished historian A. N. Wilson tells the remarkable story of the poets life and passions during the extraordinary political turbulence of thirteenth-century Europe. An impoverished aristocrat born in Florence, then the wealthiest city in Europe, Dante was the most observant and articulate of writers and was as profoundly absorbed in his ambition to be a great poet as he was with the central political and social issues of his time. The emergence of independent nation-states, the establishment of a modern banking system and currency, and the rise of Arabic teachings and Greek philosophy were all momentous events that Dante lived through. Amid this shifting political terrain, Wilson sets Dante in context with his great contemporariesGiotto, Aquinas, and Pope Boniface VIIIand explains the significance of Beatrice and the part she has played in all our Western attitudes toward love and sex.<br /> <br /> <i>Dante in Love</i>is a brilliant and enlightening look at the life and loves of one of literatures towering figures and a lively introduction to the Divine Comedy.</p> </div      

Author: A. N. Wilson

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 400

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 2011-10-25

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