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Dante (Blackwell Guides to Literature)

by Nick Havely

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0631228535, Paperback)

A comprehensive guide to Dante’s life and literature, with an emphasis on his Commedia. This text looks at the influences that shaped Dante’s writing, and the reception of his work by later readers, from the 14th century to the present.

Introduces Dante through four main approaches: the context of his life and career; his literary and cultural traditions; key themes, episodes and passages in his own work, especially the Commedia; and the reception and appropriation of his work by later readers, from the fourteenth century to the present
Written by an expert Dante scholar
Provides new translations of substantial passages from Dante’s poems and from the world of his contemporaries
Includes explanatory diagrams of Dante’s 'other-worlds', and a section of illustrations by medieval and modern artists
Builds a vivid and complex picture of Dante's imagination, intellect and literary presence
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(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:22 -0400)

"Giving careful consideration to the social, cultural, and historical contexts in which he wrote, this volume examines the scope and significance of Dante's work. An inquisitive guide to one of literature's most important authors, it explores the various influences that shaped his writing, from cultural traditions and exile, to political figures and the works of his contemporaries." "Examining a wide range of Dante's writing, with an emphasis on his Commedia, the book also outlines the reception, appreciation, and interpretation of Dante's work by later readers, from the fourteenth century to the present, and it considers the impact of his work on the visual and performing arts. Other distinctive features are new translations of substantial passages from Dante's poems, new translations of the writings of his contemporaries, explanatory diagrams of Dante's 'otherworlds', and a selection of illustrations by medieval and modern artists. Chronologies of Dante's life and afterlife and a full bibliography with relevant web resources are also included."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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