In Dante, Lewis traces the life and complex development - emotional, artistic, philosophical - of this supreme poet-historian, from his wanderings through Tuscan hills and splendid churches to his days as a young soldier fighting for democracy, to his civic leadership and years of embittered exile from the city that would fiercely reclaim him a century later. Lewis reveals the boy who first encounters the mythic Beatrice, the lyric poet obsessed with life and death, the grand master of dramatic narrative and allegory, and his monumental search for ultimate truth in the Divine Comedy. It is in this masterpiece of self-discovery and redemption that Lewis finds Dante's own autobiography - and the sum of all his shifting passions and epiphanies.
"Lewis has an uncanny ability to capture crucial moments in Dante's life and development as an artist." (Booklist)
|Publisher:||Books on Tape, Inc.|
About the Author
R.W.B. Lewis, professor of English and American studies at Yale University, is the author of Edith Wharton: A Biography, which won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Bancroft Prize. His other books include The City of Florence, The Jameses, and American Characters. He most recently was given the award for lifetime achievement as a biographer by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.