The Knickerbocker; Or, New-York Monthly Magazine Volume 18

The Knickerbocker; Or, New-York Monthly Magazine Volume 18

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...authority. They were patrons of all literary merit, and felt a peculiar sympathy for Dante's distressed state; but although honored by them, his restless spirit could not be content. He was unfitted by his irritable feelings for a residence at court; and annoyed by some fancied coldness on the part of his noble patrons, he withdrew to the French capital, which was during the thirteenth century more celebrated than any other city in the world for its learning and philosophy. While here, Dante's mind was not unemployed; for by constant training he had prepared it for the discussion of the most abstruse questions; and his reputation having preceded him, he was called upon by the literary institutions for theses on many subjects connected with theology and logic. The constant excitement, however, and the restless feeling of being without a home, had now almost worn him out, and he ardently wished for some place where he might repose in quiet, and pursue undisturbed the studies to which he now devoted himself. He had resigned all hope of rescuing Florence from its state of degradation, and his mind turned with loathing from all farther political excitement. He was therefore well prepared to accept the invitation which he at this time received, to find a home with Guido Novello da Polenta, lord of Ravenna, a nobleman of distinguished worth, who had truly sympathized with the sufferings of Dante, and who feared that his unsettled life would extinguish the torch which had lighted up so brilliantly the Egyptian darkness of Italian literature. Here at last, in the beautiful city of Ravenna, soothed by the assiduous kindness of his friend and patron, did Dante find that peace which he had so long sought; and his freed mind poured itself...show more

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  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 558g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236827589
  • 9781236827586