Dante: A Life in Works

Dante: A Life in Works

by Robert Hollander
     
 

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The Divine Comedy, completed around 1320, is a supreme work of the imagination. None of Dante's other works, not even all his other works taken together, can rival the Commedia. How did the Florentine exile come to create this masterpiece? What steps in his development can possibly explain the making of this extraordinary poem? Here a preeminent Dante scholar turns to

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The Divine Comedy, completed around 1320, is a supreme work of the imagination. None of Dante's other works, not even all his other works taken together, can rival the Commedia. How did the Florentine exile come to create this masterpiece? What steps in his development can possibly explain the making of this extraordinary poem? Here a preeminent Dante scholar turns to the poet's body of work -- the only real biography of Dante that we have -- to illuminate these questions. Through an exposition of Dante's other writings, Robert Hollander provides a concise intellectual biography of the writer whom many consider the greatest narrative poet of the modern era.

Editorial Reviews

Lino Pertile
In this book Robert Hollander brilliantly condenses his forty years of research on Dante, including anything of value that has been added to Dante studies by other scholars. The result is an invaluable guide to Dante’s oeuvre with particular attention to the so-called ‘minor works’ :the most complete and up-to-date introduction to Dante available in any language today.
Paolo Cherchi
An ‘indispensable’ book. Only a major Dante scholar could have written this book with that confidence and elegance that come from a superb scholarship, from the mastery of the immense bibliography on Dante.
Bernard Knox
Hollander's lucid and brilliant discussion. . . is a joy to read. . . a series of thoughtful, enlightening essays on. . . the Commedia.
New York Review of Books
Book Forum
A biographical sketch and an excellent summary of Dante scholarship through the ages.
Library Journal
With brevity, clarity, and a confidence that comes from his mastery of the vast scholarship and a lifetime of reflection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300084948
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Paolo Cherchi
An 'indispensable' book. Only a major Dante scholar could have written this book with that confidence and elegance that come from a superb scholarship, from the mastery of the immense bibliography on Dante.
Lino Pertile
In this book Robert Hollander brilliantly condenses his forty years of research on Dante, including anything of value that has been added to Dante studies by other scholars. The result is an invaluable guide to Dante's oeuvre with particular attention to the so-called 'minor works'-the most complete and up-to-date introduction to Dante available in any language today.

Meet the Author

Robert Hollander, professor of European literature at Princeton University, is one of only three Americans ever to receive the gold medal of the city of Florence for their efforts on behalf of Dante.

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