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Dante’s New Lives

Biography and Autobiography

From two leading scholars, a thrilling and rich investigation of the life and work of Dante Alighieri.
Numerous books have attempted to chronicle the life of Dante Alighieri, yet essential questions remain unanswered. How did a self-taught Florentine become the celebrated author of the Divine Comedy? Was his exile from Florence so extraordinary? How did Dante make himself the main protagonist in his works, in a literary context that advised against it? And why has his life interested so many readers? In Dante’s New Lives, eminent scholars Elisa Brilli and Giuliano Milani answer these questions and many more. Their account reappraises Dante’s life and work by assessing archival and literary evidence and examining the most recent scholarship. The book is a model of interdisciplinary biography, as fascinating as it is rigorous.

356 pages | 4 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

Biography and Letters

Literature and Literary Criticism: Romance Languages

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Works Cited
Prologue: Lineages
1 Adolescence
2 Youth in Florence
3 Youth in Exile
4 Old Age
Epilogue: Legacies
Photo Acknowledgements

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