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Dante in Love by A. N. Wilson
  

Dante in Love

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A. N. Wilson is one of the most popular and bestselling historians and biographers writing in Britain today and in Dante In Love he brings to life one of the western canon's most enigmatic figures.

Synopsis

Dante in Love by A. N. Wilson

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.

Reviews

Achieves for Dante and Florence what Peter Ackroyd accomplished for Shakespeare and London. Intelligent, personal and suffused with a lifetime's reading and experience, it guides us through 'the boldest work in Western literature'. -- Nicholas Shakespeare * Daily Telegraph * This is biography done by a novelist at the height of his powers. Wilson moves seamlessly between Dante's life, his poems and the historical context... He has written a loving book that is worthy of the divine poet of love. -- Jonathan Bate * Sunday Telegraph Magazine * A rich and nuanced life... Wilson is an excellent 21st-century Virgil for anyone who has ever lost their way in Dante's dark wood, or has yet to venture in. -- Sara Bakewell * Sunday Times * Rich in both biographical detail and political history... A thoroughly readable, illuminating history. -- Fiona Sampson * Independent *


About the Author

A. N. Wilson

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2012

Author

A. N. Wilson

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Biography: literary
Literary studies: general

ISBN

9781848879492

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