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Dante in Love

A. N. Wilson

Picador

"You will not find a finer introduction to the genius of Dante and his Divine Comedy than Wilson's book."---The Wichita Eagle Fueled by a lifetime obsession with Dante, acclaimed novelist and biographer A. N. Wilson tells the astonishing story of the poet’s life and passions. He shows how the political turmoil of medieval Europe, the establishment of the modern banking system, and the rise of ancient philosophy informed Dante’s epic masterpiece, and explains how Beatrice has influenced our attitudes toward love and sex. Written with remarkable dexterity and penetrating insight, Dante in Love is a brilliant and enchanting look at the life and loves of one of literature’s towering figures, and a lively introduction to The Divine Comedy.

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IWHY THIS BOOK HAS BEEN WRITTENDANTE IS THE GREATEST POET OF THE MIDDLE AGES. IT COULD BE argued that he was the greatest of all European poets, of any time or place. Yet, for many, perhaps nearly all (non-Italian), readers, he also remains unread. Most literate people are aware of only a few facts about him and nearly all of these are wrong, such as that he was romantically involved with a girl called Beatrice. Dante, a married man with children, did have love affairs, some of them messy, and about some of them, he wrote. Beatrice was not in this sense one of the women in his life. She was something
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"A. N. Wilson has a marvelous facility for bringing distant worlds up close....Read Wilson’s book, pick up that copy of the Commedia, and try again."---Los Angeles Times

"Accurate, lively, sometimes polemical, and always delicately devout. There is little to disagree with here, and much that encourages conversation."---Financial Times (London)

"For this reader, Wilson’s loving, human Dante, a Dante immersed in the Italian landscape, [is] a new Dante entirely….Compelling."---The American Scholar

"Not just a thoroughly readable, illuminating story but, with its fascinating store of detail, a practical reference volume…A worthy vade mecum with which to explore Dante’s masterpiece itself."---The Independent (London)

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Read the Kirkus Review of DANTE IN LOVE . "In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight way was lost."
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • A. N. Wilson

  • A. N. Wilson is an award-winning biographer and a celebrated novelist. He lives in North London.

  • A. N. Wilson
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