Dante: A Life

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-11-24
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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An insightful biography of Florence’s famous son Acclaimed biog rap her R.W.B. Lewis traces the life and complex development— emotional, artistic, philosophical—of this supreme poet-historian. Here we meet the boy who first encounters the mythic Beatrice, the lyric poet obsessed with love and death, the grand master of dramatic narrative and allegory, and his monumental search for ultimate truth in The Divine Comedy. It is in this masterpiece of self-discovery and redemption that Lewis finds Dante’s own autobiography—and the sum of all his shifting passions and epiphanies.

Author Biography

R.W.B. Lewis was a renowned literary scholar who garnered several awards for his book Edith Wharton: A Biography, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Bancroft Prize. In 2000, he was given the award for lifetime achievement as a biographer by the Academy of Arts and Letters.

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