Paperback ISBN: 014311641x
An insightful biography of Florence's famous son Acclaimed biog rap her R.W.B. Lewis traces the life and complex development- emotional, artistic, philosophical-of this supreme poet-historian. Here we meet the boy who first encounters the mythic Beatrice, the lyric poet obsessed with love and death, the grand master of dramatic narrative and allegory, and his monumental search for ultimate truth in The Divine Comedy. It is in this masterpiece of self-discovery and redemption that Lewis finds Dante's own autobiography-and the sum of all his shifting passions and epiphanies.
Poet of the Secular World
Paperback ISBN: 1590172191
A precursor and companion to Eric Auerbach's renowned Mimesis, Dante: Poet of the Secular Worldis both a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the greatest of poets and an argument about what it means to be civilized. Here Auerbach makes a provocative, paradoxical, but remarkably persuasive case that it is to Dante, supreme among religious poets, that we owe the concept of a distinctly secular realm. Auerbach argues that it is in Dante's early love lyrics, but above all in the Divine Comedy, that our modern concern with the individual human being, born under specific historical circumstances and exhibiting a particular psychological make-up, first comes into its own. It is a startling but still striking claim, especially at a time like ours when the boundaries between faith and reason are newly contested. Tracing the idea and history of the human in poetry from Homer through Provencal song, Auerbach goes on to provide a complete overview of Dante's achievement as poet, culminating with an extraordinary reading of the Divine Comedy. This short, wise, penetrating book is a guidebook through the work of one of the world's greatest poets, as well as a rare and accessible example of modern literary criticism at its best. CONTENTS I. Historical Introduction; The Idea of Man in Literature II. Dante's Early Poetry III. The Subject of the "Comedy" IV. The Structure of the "Comedy" V. The Presentation VI. The Survival and Transformation of Dante's Vision of Reality Notes Index
The Poet, the Political Thinker, the Man
Paperback ISBN: 1593761627
Dante is one of the towering figures in world literature, and yet many riddles and questions about his life and work persist. In the first full-length biography of him in more than twenty years, Barbara Reynolds offers provocative new ideas in every chapter. For example, many have read the Commedia as a lyrical parable about reward and punishment; Reynolds suggests that Dante was arguing against the Pope and for an Emperor as supreme secular authority of medieval Europe. Drawing from an impressive array of sources, Reynolds delivers a comprehensive analysis of the poet, placing him within the context of his culture and society to deepen our understanding of a complicated man who was irritable, opinionated, vengeful, and an extraordinary genius.
Divine Comedy, Divine Spirituality
Paperback ISBN: 0824516044
In this popular presentation, Royal guides us through The Divine Comedy, a literary classic that is enjoying a renaissance as a spiritual masterpiece. In the course of exploring the human pilgrimage on Earth, Dante charts a vivid path through the canticles of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven in his legendary poem. Robert Royal presents a careful but reader-friendly approach to the poetry of the texts themselves and a biographical sketch of Dante, the man, the writer, and the spiritual lover extraordinaire.
Dante for Beginners
Paperback ISBN: 1934389676
Dante For Beginners takes the reader on a magical trip through Heaven and Hell. Well, this isn't exactly true. After an introduction to Dante Alighieri and his background, the reader meets a sweet lass named Beatrice, the love of his life and the subject of many of his poems. Then the reader explores other samples of Dante's works, such as the great feast, the Convivio. The reader is ultimately led through Dante's most famous and challenging masterpiece, the Commedia, also known as the Divine Comedy, with a canto by canto description of the entire text from Heaven to Hell. Characters, ideas and situations are described as they happen without the need to search through end notes or footnotes to understand the text. Dante For Beginners is a vacation through great Italian literature with history's greatest guide, Dante Alighieri.
Dante in Love
Paperback ISBN: 1250013968
The award-winning author of My Name is Legion presents a passionate account of the influential European poet that sets his life against a background of the political turbulence of the 13th century, placing his work in a context of such contemporaries as Giotto, Aquinas and Pope Boniface VIII.
Paperback ISBN: 0811842134
A faithful yet totally original contemporary spin on a classic, Dante's Inferno as interpreted by acclaimed artist Sandow Birk and writer Marcus Sanders is a journey through a Hell that bears an eerie resemblance to our own world.
Translations by Twenty Contrmporary Poets
Paperback ISBN: 0880013737
A new telling of Dante's Inferno, this translation is the most fluent, grippingly readable version of the famous poem yet, andwith all the consummate technical skill that is the hallmark of Sean O'Brien's own poetrymanages the near-impossible task of preserving the subtle power and lyric nuance of the Italian original, while seeking out an entirely natural English music. No other version has so vividly expressed the horror, cruelty, beauty, and outrageous imaginative flight of Dante's original vision.