Reading Dante

Reading Dante : From Here to Eternity

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Keenly aware that thousands of books have been written about The Divine Comedy, Prue Shaw - one of the world's foremost Dante authorities - is convinced that an accessible, non-scholarly work that explicated Dante is needed. Just as Dante becomes a poet with a prophetic mission, Reading Dante becomes far more than an exegesis of Dante's three-part Commedia. It offers a literary experience that lifts the reader into the universal realms of poetry and mythology, revealing how one can recover time-past through memory and language. Whether challenging the notion that Dante was vindictive, decoding the numerology that can confound readers or positioning Dante's tortured life within the framework of fourteenth-century Florence, Shaw creates an astonishingly lyrical work that will appeal to both those who've never read the Commedia and those who have. Reading Dante underscores Dante's belief that poetry can change human lives. This edition is roughly cut in order to provide an aged and authentic feel to the book.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 30mm | 650g
  • Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • ill.
  • 0871407426
  • 9780871407429
  • 134,747

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"Dante expert Shaw explains The Divine Comedy so easily and simply, she eliminates all trepidation in anyone daunted by his masterpiece... Shaw exposes the profound depth and art of poetry that encompasses so much more than language and rhythm... Read this book to discover Dante the man, the pilgrim and the poet. Then go read his greatest poem. He's well-worth the exploration, and Shaw is a Virgil-like guide."
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About Prue Shaw

Prue Shaw is emeritus reader in Italian studies at University College London and the editor of the edizione nazionale of Dante's Monarchia and of a digital edition of the Commedia. She lives in Cambridge, England.
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