Dante: A Brief History
Dante: A Brief History   -     By: Peter S. Hawkins
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"We are in the midst of a wonderful renaissance of translations and studies of The Divine Comedy. The past 15 years alone have seen translations of one (or all three) of the poem's Cantica by fine poets and scholars. Hawkins' accessible writing style makes for a splendid vade mecum,"---America. 194 pages, softcover. Blackwell.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Wiley
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1405130520
ISBN-13: 9781405130523

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

?Hawkins? book has been written with students and teachers in mind,and having used it in the classroom, I can say that in this itsucceeds signally.? ( Theology, September 2009)

?Peter Hawkins offers us a learned but highly original study,unapologetically personal in perspective, that soars beyond the?brief, accessible, and lively accounts? enjoined by the Blackwellseries.? (Religion and the Arts, November 2008)

?The medieval Italian poet Dante is one of those literary?greats? that many believe only really clever, highly-educatedpeople can access and enjoy. Fortunately, self-confessed Dantelover, Peter Hawkins, has written a little gem of a book whichgives us less scholarly types a glimpse ? [It] represents hiseffort to transition a lifetime?s passion and scholarship into ahighly readable, most satisfying encounter with this masterartist/theologian. Anyone who has ever contemplated life, death andbeyond, will find treasures and wisdom for life?s journey in thisslim, 194 pages volume.? (Methodist Recorder)

"An accessible writing style, small format and attractivecontemporary art will make the book appealing to readers new toDante. Those already proficient will delight in the many newperspectives and insights the author provides." (America: TheNational Catholic Weekly)

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