A New Life of Dante

Revised and Updated

Stephen Bemrose

A New Life of Dante

Stephen Bemrose

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

272 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2000, 2009
Paper $30.50 ISBN: 9780859898454 Published March 2010 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

This fully revised and updated biography of Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), one of world literature’s foremost writers and thinkers, weaves the life and works of the Florentine poet into a single accessible thread. Aimed at students, as well as the curious but non-specialist reader, A New Life of Dante takes into account the philosophies running through Dante’s major and minor works while still paying particular attention to the social and political contexts surrounding their production. The volume includes English-language translation of all quotations and an updated bibliography, making it an excellent introductory text for anyone with an interest in this master poet of the Middle Ages.



A List of Dante’s Works, and the Editions Used in this Book


A Guide to Further Reading in English

Guelph and Ghibelline, a Prefatory Note

1        A Florentine Childhood (1265-1283)

2        Beatrice and the Vita Nuova ( 1283-1295)

3        The Consolation of Philosophy (1290-1296)

4        Guilds and Government: Dante the Politician (1295-1300)

5        Boniface VIII and the Black Coup (1300-1302)

6        Early Exile (1302-1304)

7        A One-Man Party (1304-1308)

8        The Sacred Poem: A Survey of the Divine Comedy (1308-1321)

9        Henry VII and Dante’s Imperial Dream (1308-1313)

10    The Gentleman of Verona (1312-1318)

11    Ravenna (1381-1321)




Review Quotes
Simon Gilson | Modern Languages Review

“[This book] deserves to become recommended reading for undergraduates, especially those approaching Dante for the first time.”

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