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Born Dante Alighieri in the spring of 1265 in Florence, Italy, he was known familiarly as Dante. His family was noble, but not wealthy, and Dante received the education accorded to gentlemen, studying poetry, philosophy, and theology. His first major work was Il Vita Nuova, The New Life. This brief collection of 31 poems, held together by a narrative sequence, celebrates the virtue and honor of Beatrice, Dante's ideal of beauty and purity. Beatrice was modeled after Bice di Folco Portinari, a beautiful woman Dante had met when he was nine years old and had worshipped from afar in spite of his own arranged marriage to Gemma Donati. Il Vita Nuova has a secure place in literary history: its vernacular language and mix of poetry with prose were new; and it serves as an introduction to Dante's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, in which Beatrice figures prominently. The Divine Comedy is Dante's vision of the afterlife, broken into a trilogy of the Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. Dante is given a guided tour of hell and purgatory by Virgil, the pagan Roman poet whom Dante greatly admired and imitated, and of heaven by Beatrice. The Inferno shows the souls who have been condemned to eternal torment, and included here are not only mythical and historical evil-doers, but Dante's enemies. The Purgatory reveals how souls who are not irreversibly sinful learn to be good through a spiritual purification. And The Paradise depicts further development of the just as they approach God. The Divine Comedy has been influential from Dante's day into modern times. The poem has endured not just because of its beauty and significance, but also because of its richness and piety as well as its occasionally humorous and vulgar treatment of the afterlife. In addition to his writing, Dante was active in politics. In 1302, after two years as a priore, or governor of Florence, he was exiled because of his support for the white guelfi, a moderate political party of which he was a member. After extensive travels, he stayed in Ravenna in 1319, completing The Divine Comedy there, until his death in 1321. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Inferno 21,140 copies, 198 reviews
The Divine Comedy 18,632 copies, 172 reviews
Purgatorio 6,465 copies, 48 reviews
Paradiso (Author) 5,407 copies, 40 reviews
La Vita Nuova 1,979 copies, 23 reviews
The Portable Dante 1,170 copies, 9 reviews
Monarchy 336 copies, 3 reviews
Complete Works 195 copies, 3 reviews
Convivio 168 copies, 5 reviews
Circles of Hell 143 copies, 2 reviews
Rime (Autore in relazione) 132 copies, 1 review
The First Three Circles of Hell 115 copies, 1 review
The Vita Nuova and Canzoniere 32 copies, 1 review
Vita Nuova Rime 26 copies
Dante Alighieri 20 copies, 1 review
Epistole 19 copies
Opere minori 15 copies
Il fiore e il detto d'amore 13 copies, 1 review
Love poems 5 copies
Cantos from Dante's Inferno 4 copies, 1 review
Opere 1 (Author) 3 copies
Fiore 3 copies
1: Enfer. Purgatoire 3 copies, 1 review
Strumenti 3 copies
Epistola a Cangrande (Author) 3 copies
The Indispensable Dante (Author) 3 copies
Vingt poèmes 3 copies
Lírica 2 copies
Commedia / Giorgio Inglese (Author) 2 copies
Le terze rime 2 copies
Vita Nuova 1 copy
Rimes 1 copy
Convívio 1 copy
Divina comedia V. II 1 copy, 1 review
Convivio 1 copy
Komedia Hyjnore 1 copy, 1 review
Yeni Hayat 1 copy
Critical Theory Since Plato (Contributor, some editions) 369 copies
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 352 copies, 3 reviews
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (Contributor) 212 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Hell (Contributor) 111 copies, 1 review
Norton Book of Friendship (Contributor) 88 copies
The Young Inferno (Contributor) 35 copies, 1 review
Poems and Translations (Contributor) 28 copies

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Dante Alighieri, (May 14/June 13, 1265 – September 13/14[1], 1321), was a Florentine Italian poet. Like many in the Florence of his day, he became involved in the conflict between the Guelph and Ghibelline factions. He fought in the Battle of Campaldino (1289) and held several political offices over the years. His central work, the Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy, originally called "Comedìa"), is composed of three parts: the Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. Dante was exiled from the city he loved, and addressed the pain of his loss in his work.
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Since there are other authors called Dante, the works of Dante Alighieri on that author page are now aliased here, instead of the pages being combined.

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