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Dante in Love

A. N. Wilson
Barcode 9781848879508
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Release Date: 07/08/2014

Edition: Main
Genre: Biography
Sub-Genre: Literary Criticism
Label: Atlantic Books
Language: English
Publisher: Atlantic Books

A. N. Wilson is one of the most popular and bestselling historians and biographers writing in Britain today and in Dante In Love he brings to life one of the western canon's most enigmatic figures. .

With a biographer's eye for detail and a novelist's comprehension of the creative process, A. N. Wilson paints a masterful portrait of Dante Alighieri and unlocks one of the seminal works of literature for a new generation of readers.

In Dante in Love, A. N. Wilson presents a glittering study of an artist and his world, arguing that without an understanding of medieval Florence, it is impossible to comprehend the meaning of Dante's great poem. He explains how the Italian States were at that time locked into violent feuds, mirrored in the ferocious competition between the Holy Roman Empire and the papacy. He explores Dante's preoccupations with classical mythology, numerology and the great Christian philosophers which inform every line of the Comedy. Dante in Love also lays bare the enigma of the man who never wrote about the mother of his children, yet immortalized the mysterious Beatrice, whom he barely knew.