Dante A Life

ISBN-10: 014311641X
ISBN-13: 9780143116417
Edition: N/A
Authors: R. W. B. Lewis
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

An insightful biography of Florence’s famous son Acclaimed biog rap her 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.

Chicago native Richard Warrington Baldwin Lewis, the son of Leicester and Beatrix (Baldwin) Lewis, was born on November 1, 1917. Lewis was educated in Switzerland, at Phillips Exeter Academy, at Harvard University, at the University of Chicago, where he received his M.A. in 1941. Lewis spent World War II engaged primarily in intelligence work for the British. Following the war, he began a long academic teaching career, focused mainly on American literature and social studies, at Bennington College and Princeton, Rutgers, and Yale universities. Lewis has created such critical and biographical books on authors and 19th-century United States history as The American Adam (1955), Edith Wharton (a 1975 biography that won the Pulitzer Prize, Bancroft, and Critics Circle awards), and The Jameses: A Family Narrative, about author Henry James and his family.

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