A New Life of Dante: Revised and Updated

A New Life of Dante: Revised and Updated

by Stephen Bemrose


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A New Life of Dante: Revised and Updated by Stephen Bemrose

This fully revised and updated biography of Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), one of world literature’s foremost writers and thinkers, weaves the life and works of the Florentine poet into a single accessible thread. Aimed at students, as well as the curious but non-specialist reader, A New Life of Dante takes into account the philosophies running through Dante’s major and minor works while still paying particular attention to the social and political contexts surrounding their production. The volume includes English-language translation of all quotations and an updated bibliography, making it an excellent introductory text for anyone with an interest in this master poet of the Middle Ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780859898454
Publisher: University of Exeter Press
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stephen Bemrose was a lecturer in Italian at Exeter University, where he taught courses on Dante’s life and work for over twenty years until his recent retirement.

Table of Contents


A List of Dante’s Works, and the Editions Used in this Book


A Guide to Further Reading in English

Guelph and Ghibelline, a Prefatory Note

1        A Florentine Childhood (1265-1283)

2        Beatrice and the Vita Nuova ( 1283-1295)

3        The Consolation of Philosophy (1290-1296)

4        Guilds and Government: Dante the Politician (1295-1300)

5        Boniface VIII and the Black Coup (1300-1302)

6        Early Exile (1302-1304)

7        A One-Man Party (1304-1308)

8        The Sacred Poem: A Survey of the Divine Comedy (1308-1321)

9        Henry VII and Dante’s Imperial Dream (1308-1313)

10    The Gentleman of Verona (1312-1318)

11    Ravenna (1381-1321)





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