Dante in Love

The World's Greatest Poem and How It Made History

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Author: Harriet Rubin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743262989

Category: History

Page: 288

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Tracks the great Italian poet following his exile from Florence in 1302, his travels as a fugitive from justice over the next twenty years, the influence of his journeys on the creation of his poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, and the odyssey of other literary pilgrims--Rilke, Mann, Goethe, Joyce, Byron, and more--along the same route. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Dante in Love

A Biography

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Author: A. N. Wilson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 142996930X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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For William Butler Yeats, Dante Alighieri was "the chief imagination of Christendom." For T. S. Eliot, he was of supreme importance, both as poet and philosopher. Coleridge championed his introduction to an English readership. Tennyson based his poem "Ulysses" on lines from the Inferno. Byron chastised an "Ungrateful Florence" for exiling Dante. The Divine Comedy resonates across five hundred years of our literary canon. In Dante in Love, A. N. Wilson presents a glittering study of an artist and his world, arguing that without an understanding of medieval Florence, it is impossible to grasp the meaning of Dante's great poem. He explains how the Italian states were at that time locked into violent feuds, mirrored in the ferocious competition between the Holy Roman Empire and the Papacy. He shows how Dante's preoccupations with classical mythology, numerology, and the great Christian philosophers inform every line of the Comedy. Dante in Love also explores the enigma of the man who never wrote about the mother of his children, yet immortalized the mysterious Beatrice whom he barely knew. With a biographer's eye for detail and a novelist's comprehension of the creative process, A. N. Wilson paints a masterful portrait of Dante Alighieri and unlocks one of the seminal works of literature for a new generation of readers.

Dante: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Peter Hainsworth,David Robey

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191507679

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Hainsworth and David Robey take a different approach to Dante, by examining the main themes and issues that run through all of his work, ranging from autobiography, to understanding God and the order of the universe. In doing so, they highlight what has made Dante a vital point of reference for modern writers and readers, both inside and outside Italy. They emphasize the distinctive and dynamic interplay in Dante's writing between argument, ideas, and analysis on the one hand, and poetic imagination on the other. Dante was highly concerned with the political and intellectual issues of his time, demonstrated most powerfully in his notorious work, The Divine Comedy. Tracing the tension between the medieval and modern aspects, Hainsworth and Robey provide a clear insight into the meaning of this masterpiece of world literature. They highlight key figures and episodes in the poem, bringing out the originality and power of Dante's writing to help readers understand the problems that Dante wanted his audience to confront but often left up to the reader to resolve. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Dante's Aesthetics of Being

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Author: Warren Ginsberg

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472109715

Category: History

Page: 175

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Explores the domain of the aesthetic in Dante

Upside Down Kingdom

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Author: Jody Brown

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 146915837X

Category: Fiction

Page: 258

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Amy Ashe had arrived in Washington, D.C. straight from college in 2000, responsible, mild-mannered, and wry-humored. Two years later, she left her writing position at an influential lobby firm, and just walked out, mid-shift, on her trendy restaurant job in Dupont Circle. During those two years, her ideals betrayed her. Strangers embraced her. And the city itself threatened to break her spirit even as it encouraged her to stretch her wings. These, all, have delivered her to this moment. This is the story of how she found the readiness to leave it all behind

Dante's Sacred Poem

Flesh and the Centrality of the Eucharist to The Divine Comedy

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Author: Sheila J. Nayar

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441130837

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Arguing that the consecrated body in the Eucharist is one of the central metaphors structuring The Divine Comedy, this book is the first comprehensive exploration of the theme of transubstantiation across Dante's epic poem. Drawing attention first to the historical and theological tensions inherent in ideas of transubstantiation that rippled through Western culture up to the early fourteenth century, Sheila Nayar engages in a Eucharistic reading of both the "flesh" allusions and "metamorphosis" motifs that thread through the entirety of Dante's poem. From the cannibalistic resonances of the Ugolino episode in the Inferno to the Corpus Christi-like procession seminal to Purgatory, Nayar demonstrates how these sacrifice- and Host-related metaphors, allusions, and tropes lead directly and intentionally to the Comedy's final vision, that of the Eucharist itself. Arguing that the final revelation in Paradise is analogically "the Bread of Life," Nayar brings to the fore Christ's centrality (as sacrament) to The Divine Comedy-a reading that is certain to alter current-day thinking about Dante's poem.

From Physics to Metaphysics: Philosophy and Allegory in the Critical Writings of T. S. Eliot

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Author: Fabio L. Vericat Pérez-Mínguez

Publisher: Universitat de València

ISBN: 843708556X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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Antes de dedicarse por completo a la literatura, T.S. Eliot fue un serio estudiante de filosofía. Este estudio pretende determinar la importancia de este hecho en su desarrollo como crítico literario. La intención es argumentar que el cambio que Eliot hizo de la filosofía a la literatura fue instigado con la esperanza de encontrar en el campo literario un estilo que había vencido durante sus estudios filosóficos.

Little Miss Red

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Author: Robin Palmer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101651105

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 320

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The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy, from the author of Geek Charming. Sophie Greene gets good grades, does the right thing, and has a boyfriend that her parents— and her younger brother—just love. (Too bad she doesn’t love him.) Sophie dreams of being more like Devon Deveraux, star of her favorite romance novels, but, in reality, Sophie isn’t even daring enough to change her nail polish. All of that changes when Sophie goes to Florida to visit her grandma Roz, and she finds herself seated next to a wolfishly goodlooking guy on the plane. The two hit it off, and before she knows it, Sophie’s living on the edge. But is the drama all it’s cracked up to be? Watch a Video

Civil Happiness

Economics and Human Flourishing in Historical Perspective

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Author: Luigino Bruni

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134340516

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

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Economists have long laboured under the misapprehension that all humans exist as rational beings that find happiness in maximizing their personal utility. This impressive volume presents an historical review of the evolution of economic thought, from economic philosophy to contemporary mathematical economics, and its critique of how the human and social dimensions of economics have been lost in this evolutionary process. Examining the crucial period in the late eighteenth century when economists such Smith and Genovesi tried to reconcile the classical tradition of Civil humanism emerging commercial society, this key book analyses the impact that the hedonist approach to economics had in removing the ethical conception of happiness. In addition, it focuses on the impact that J.S. Mill, Wicksteed and Pareto had in shifting methodological thinking away from an emphasis on civil happiness. Simply put, this book is essential reading for economists everywhere.