Life of Dante

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Leonardo Bruni’s Life of Dante, extracts from Giovanni Villani’s Florentine Chronicles and Filippo Villani’s Life of Dante, as well as documents preserved in a manuscript of Boccaccio are combined in this impressive volume, and together they provide a wealth of insight and information into Dante’s unique character and life. They address the author’s susceptibility to the torments of passionate love, his involvement in politics, his scholastic enthusiasms, military experience, and the stories behind the ...

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Overview

Leonardo Bruni’s Life of Dante, extracts from Giovanni Villani’s Florentine Chronicles and Filippo Villani’s Life of Dante, as well as documents preserved in a manuscript of Boccaccio are combined in this impressive volume, and together they provide a wealth of insight and information into Dante’s unique character and life. They address the author’s susceptibility to the torments of passionate love, his involvement in politics, his scholastic enthusiasms, military experience, and the stories behind the greatest heights of his poetic achievements. Not only are these accounts invaluable for their subject matter, they are also seminal examples of early biographical writing. Also included in this expansive collection is a biography of Boccaccio himself.

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"Intimate portrait."  —Library Journal
Library Journal
Four separate, previously published sources make up this intimate portrait of poet Dante: Leonardo Bruni's Life of Dante, extracts from Giovanni Villani's Florentine Chronicles and Filippo Villani's Life of Dante, and documents from a manuscript by Boccaccio (best known for his Decameron). Readers learn via Boccaccio about Dante's unique character and life, from his torments of passionate love and involvement in politics to scholastic enthusiasm and military experience. The poet's banishment from Florence owing to the Guelph's loss of power and his subsequent exile to Ravenna are also recounted with a delicate charm by Boccaccio. While Dante wrote in the vernacular, and not Latin, Bruni claims that Dante's vernacular writing was superior to any other Italian who wrote in the vernacular. Also included is a biography of Boccaccio, 48 years Dante's junior. VERDICT Best suited to scholars of medieval literature and to graduate students studying medieval literature, especially The Divine Comedy.—Bob T. Ivey, Univ. of Memphis\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847490919
  • Publisher: Oneworld Classics
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Oneworld Classics
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 710,134
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375) is best known for the Decameron and for championing the use of the Italian vernacular in literature. Philip Wicksteed (1844–1927) was a literary critic and medievalist.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction xi
Acknowledgements xvii
Life of Dante
Dante Speaks 3
Life of Dante 5
Notes 79
From the Decameron 81
Notes 89
Biographical note 91
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