DANTE THE POET

Author(s): Barbara Reynolds

Biography / Memoir

Dante is one of the towering figures of European literature, yet there remain a surprising number of questions about his life and works; Who was the leader that would bring peace to the world, as Virgil and Beatrice prophesied in the Commedia? Who was Beatrice, really? Was De Vulgari Eloquentia truly a treatise on the art of writing? Did he need a medicinal muse? Dante scholar and translator Barbara Reynolds contends the master used cannabis to soar to greater creative heights.
Besides proposing a solution to the famous prophecies, this lively, engaging, and elegantly written biography contains a provocative new idea in virtually every chapter, offering alternative interpretations of his work. Drawing from an impressive array of sources, Reynolds provides a comprehensive analysis of the poet, placing him within the context of his culture and society to deepen our understanding of a complicated man who was irritable, opinionated, and vengeful--and an extraordinary genius.

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General Fields

  • : 9781845115548
  • : I.B.Tauris
  • : I.B.taurus
  • : September 2007
  • : 23.40 cmmm X 15.60 cmmm X 2.70 cmmm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : en
  • : 466
  • : Barbara Reynolds
  • : BC