Dante Alighieri was a writer who lived in 13th century Italy and the author of The Inferno, a vivid description of a journey through Hell. Davenport takes the reader on a guided journey through Dante's life, from his early love for Beatrice to his exile from the city of his birth, Florence. He lost both his city and his first love, but Dante still went on to become one of the world's greatest poets. With carefully selected illustrations and skillful writing, Davenport provides a glimpse into the life of a great writer who continues to dominate the Italian literary canvas nearly 700 years after his death. 2006, Chelsea House Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.
Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
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Gr 6-9-Profiles of two of the most important writers of the Middle Ages, each of whom was heavily influenced by the religious and political situations of his respective country and who reflected these influences in his writing. Dante's Divine Comedy is dark and brutally moral, while Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is humorous and satirical. Both books provide information to help students better understand all of the works of these two prominent men. Each title describes its subject's childhood and background as well as his influences, career, and writing. The colorful illustrations, many from illuminated manuscripts, short chapters, simple vocabulary, and large print present an attractive format. Sidebars and captions contain additional information.-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.