23 июля 2009 | Автор: Admin | Рубрика: English литература » Художественная литература на английском языке | Комментариев: 0
Dante: The Poet, the Political Thinker, the Man
I B Tauris & Co Ltd | ISBN: 1845111613 | 2006-04-28 | PDF | 480 pages | 73 Mb
Writing a biography on Dante is akin to writing one on Shakespeare. Not much primary source data exists on either subject so, at times, the author is forced to put forward speculation rather than actual fact. Having said that, you get the sense that, judging by her wealth of knowledge and her authoritative voice, that Barbara Reynolds is the best person for the job.
Her biography on Dante is holistic to the point of being definitive. She explores and explains the historical context of Dante's world and beliefs, his relationship with Beatrice and his creative output. You won't need to read another biography of Dante for a while because all you need is right here.
I say biography but Barbara Reynolds' book sits on the fence somewhere between biography and literary criticism. Reynolds knows, and loves, her subject to such an extent that her enthusiasm becomes infectious.
It's well written and easy to get into. It is an academic triumph.