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 comprehend 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 explores Dante's preoccupations with classical mythology, numerology and the great Christian philosophers which inform every line of the Comedy. Dante in Love also lays bare 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 is the greatest poet of the Middle Ages, says Wilson. So why does he remain largely unread outside Italy? Dante lived from 1265 to 1321, a time of enormous economic change, with Florence, city of the poet, being at the centre. We are shown Dante’s physical world: feuding states, feuding institutions – the Holy Roman Empire and the Papacy – and his mental world, an obsession with classical mythology, numerology and the great Christian philosophers of his age, not least Thomas Aquinas. A riveting picture of one of the greatest of imaginations at work.
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Publisher: Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||7th August 2014|
|Author:||A. N. Wilson|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Biography: literary, Literary studies: general,|
A.N. Wilson grew up in Staffordshire, where his father was Managing Director of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons. He was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a prolific and award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. His last novel Winnie and Wolf, was longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. He lives in North London. Author photo © Magali DelporteMore About A. N. Wilson