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By Barbara Reynolds

Dante is among the towering figures in international literature, and but many riddles and questions about his existence and paintings persist. within the first full-length biography of him in additional than 20 years, Barbara Reynolds bargains provocative new principles in each bankruptcy. for instance, many have learn the Commedia as a lyrical parable approximately gift and punishment; Reynolds means that Dante was once arguing opposed to the Pope and for an Emperor as perfect secular authority of medieval Europe. Drawing from a magnificent array of assets, Reynolds offers a accomplished research of the poet, putting him in the context of his tradition and society to deepen our figuring out of a sophisticated guy who was once irritable, opinionated, vengeful, and a rare genius.

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