Dante: A Brief History

Dante A Brief History For over seven centuries Dante and his masterpiece The Divine Comedy have held a special place in Western culture The poem is at once a vivid journey through hell to heaven a poignant love story

  • Title: Dante: A Brief History
  • Author: Peter Hawkins
  • ISBN: 9781405130516
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For over seven centuries, Dante and his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, have held a special place in Western culture The poem is at once a vivid journey through hell to heaven, a poignant love story, and a picture of humanity s relationship to God It is so richly imaginative that a first reading can be bewildering In response, Peter Hawkins has written an inspiring intrFor over seven centuries, Dante and his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, have held a special place in Western culture The poem is at once a vivid journey through hell to heaven, a poignant love story, and a picture of humanity s relationship to God It is so richly imaginative that a first reading can be bewildering In response, Peter Hawkins has written an inspiring introduction to the poet, his greatest work, and its abiding influence His knowledge of Dante and enthusiasm for his vision make him an expert guide for the willing reader.

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    1. A wonderfully readable introduction to Dante by a highly respected scholar with a sense of humor. Like another reader I found the last chapter, "Dante's Afterlife" disappointing and unhelpful. But the rest was astonishingly good, and there are color(!) reproductions of some amazing paintings by Monika Beisner, one of which is on the cover. This is the first lengthy discussion I've read of Charles Williams and his discussions of Dante, Beatrice, and romantic love. It was helpful and welcome. I a [...]

    2. A brief, accessible and fun companion to Dante's Divine Comedy, in five chapters: 1) Dante's Life and Works; 2) Dante's Journey to God; 3) Dante's Beatrice; 4) Dante's Religion; and 5) Dante's Afterlife. The last chapter is, disappointingly, not much more than a run-down of modern works inspired by or in conversation with The Divine Comedy. My feeling was that it didn't really help to understand the poem to know that Marcel Dzama made a great drawing of one of its scenes, but maybe that's just m [...]

    3. Lovely, clear, engaging companion for the Dante novice; I read it as I wound down with Paradiso, after a summer reading the whole Commedia. Highly recommended.

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