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Work of the Fellows: Biographies


By R. W. B. Lewis (NHC Fellow, 1989–90)

Italian Literature; Poetry; Lyric Poetry; Middle Ages; Divine Comedy; Dante Alighieri

New York: Lipper/Viking, 2001

From the publisher’s description:

Acclaimed biographer 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.

History / Literature / Italian Literature / Poetry / Lyric Poetry / Middle Ages / Divine Comedy / Dante Alighieri /

Lewis, R. W. B. (NHC Fellow, 1989–90). Dante. Penguin Lives Series. New York: Lipper/Viking, 2001.