The Passionate Intellect: Dorothy L. Sayers' Encounter with Dante

The Passionate Intellect: Dorothy L. Sayers' Encounter with Dante

by Barbara Reynolds, Ralph E. Hone
     
 

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Dorothy L. Sayers, detective novelist, poet, scholar, playwright, and Christian apologist, spent the last fourteen years of her life reading and translating Dante's 'Divine Comedy'. The first two volumes of her translation, 'Hell' and 'Purgatory', were published during her lifetime, but when she died in 1957 the third volume, 'Paradise', was unfinished. It was

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Dorothy L. Sayers, detective novelist, poet, scholar, playwright, and Christian apologist, spent the last fourteen years of her life reading and translating Dante's 'Divine Comedy'. The first two volumes of her translation, 'Hell' and 'Purgatory', were published during her lifetime, but when she died in 1957 the third volume, 'Paradise', was unfinished. It was completed by her friend Barbara Reynolds.

Thirty years later Barbara Reynolds wrote this book, the first full-length study of this illuminating stage in the creative life of Dorothy Sayers. Drawing on personal reminiscences and unpublished letters, she tells a moving and compelling story. The work explores the dynamic impact of Dante upon a mature mind. New light is shed on Dorothy Sayers' personality, her relationship with her friends, her methods of work, and her intellectual and spiritual development. Readers of Dante, no less than readers of Sayers, will find this an exciting book.

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Library Journal
Sayers's popular translation of Hell and Purgatory appeared between 1949 and 1955; Paradise (1962) was completed after her death by Reynolds. Well prepared for the task of translation by her academic studies and career as a novelist, essayist, poet, and dramatist, Sayers greatly admired Dante as a storyteller and thus thoroughly visualized each of his scenes for the reader. Views on the poetic merits of her work varied, but her commentary and notes garnered scholarly acclaim. Weaving together new biographical information, previously unpublished correspondence, and literary insights, this book enriches our appreciation of Sayers as a litterateur and friend. For all general collections.-- Barbara J. Dunlap, City Coll., CUNY
Booknews
Sayers spent the last 14 years of her life reading and translating Dante's Divine Comedy. The first two volumes of her translation, Hell and Purgatory, were published during her lifetime. When she died in 1957 the third volume was unfinished. It was completed by her friend Barbara Reynolds. This is the first book-length study of that stage of Sayers' creative life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597521000
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Reynolds is an Italian scholar and translator, known for her completion of Dorothy L. Sayers' translation of Dante's 'Divine Comedy' for Penguin Classics. She has also translated Dante's 'La Vita Nuova' of which a new edition has recently been issued. Her translation of Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso', also for Penguin Classics, was distinguished by an international award.

She is also the author of a highly acclaimed biography, 'Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul' and is the editor of 'The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers' in four volumes, plus a supplementary volume of childhood memoirs. She has told the story of Sayers' commitment to Dante in 'The Passionate Intellect', now in its second edition.

The general editor of 'The Cambridge Italian Dictionary', she has been honored by the Italian Republic for her services to Italian studies. She also holds three honorary doctorates. She is now residing in Cambridge, England.

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