Monday, May 20, 2013

Five top books celebrating Dante Alighieri

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books "celebrating The Divine Comedy author's wickedly rich poetics":
Dante in Love
by A. N. Wilson

This enchanting biography emerges as a culmination of A. N. Wilson's lifelong fascination with Dante. While retelling the poet's personal history -- his shadowy family life, his eventual exile, and his well-known love for Vita Nuova inspiration Beatrice Portinari -- Wilson also explores the political upheavals of medieval Europe, the restructuring of the Florentine banking system, and the societal turmoil that formed Dante's poetic vision. The book also serves as an introduction to The Divine Comedy, for those wishing to re-tackle it with fresh acumen or those who have not yet dared attempt it.
Read about the other books on the list.

Dante's work appears on Karl O. Knausgaard's top ten list of angel books, Jon McGregor's list of the top 10 dead bodies in literature, John Mullan's list of ten of the best visions of hell in literature, and Peter Stanford's list of the ten best devils in film and literature; The Divine Comedy is one of George Weigel's five essential books for understanding Christianity.

--Marshal Zeringue