Critical Companion to Dante: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work

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"For high school and college-level students, teachers, libraries, and the general public, Critical Companion to Dante provides a reliable, up-to-date, and encyclopedic source of information on Dante's life and work." This new title covers Dante's entire canon, including his love poems in La Vita Nuova, his philosophical works, and much more. With a strong emphasis on The Divine Comedy - one of the finest literary works ever produced - this comprehensive resource also includes detailed entries on important references, influences, historical events, places, and much more, all providing essential background for the study of this master poet.
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This is the latest offering in Facts On File's "Critical Companion" series on the lives and works of major authors, aimed at high school students, undergraduates, and general readers. Medieval scholar Ruud (Univ. of Central Arkansas) has done an admirable job of distilling the voluminous scholarship of Dante studies into a tightly organized work that makes Dante's writing both accessible and compelling to students. Using the standard format for this series, he begins with a 15-page biography that describes Dante's life and world, followed by a synopsis and commentary on each canto, book, epistle, etc. About two-thirds of this section is devoted to The Divine Comedy alone. The third section is an A-to-Z encyclopedia of related entries covering people, events, places, and movements that influenced Dante's works, as well as real and mythological characters who appear in the Comedy.
—Nadine Cohen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816065219
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Critical Companion Series
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Biography 1

Pt. II Works A-Z 19

La commedia (The Divine Comedy) 21

Inferno 27

Purgatorio 95

Paradiso 172

Il convivio (The Banquet) 249

Eclogues 281

Epistles 283

De monarchia (Monarchy) 297

Quaestio de aqua et terra (A Question about Water and Earth) 309

Rime 311

La vita nuova (New Life) 349

De vulgari eloquentia (Eloquence in the Vernacular) 362

Pt. III Related Entries 371

Pt. IV Appendices 533

Chronology of Life and Works 535

Internet Sources on Dante 538

Bibliography of Dante's Works 540

Bibliography of Secondary Sources 542

Index 551

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