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Dante Alighieri His Life and Works

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ISBN-10: 048644340X

ISBN-13: 9780486443409

Edition: 2005

Authors: Paget Toynbee, Robert Hollander

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One of the most frequently cited texts on the great Florentine poet's life and writings, this invaluable study is the work of an influential Dante scholar. Paget Toynbee's meticulous attention to detail and clear analysis offer a concise account of Dante's world, opening with historical background on thirteenth-century Florence, tracing the poet's private and public life, and featuring anecdotes about Dante's personality and character by Boccaccio and other contemporaries. Concluding with an exploration of the "Vita Nuova, the "Convivio, and the "Divine Comedy, as well as Dante's Latin works, this book is accessible to readers outside of academia as well as a practical reference for…    
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Robert Hollander is the author of a dozen monographs, editions, and translations and some six dozen articles on Dante, Boccaccio, and other writers. A member of Princeton's Department of Romance Languages and the former chairman of its Department of Comparative Literature, he has received the Gold Medal of the city of Florence in recognition of his Dante scholarship.

Guelfs and Ghibellines
Origin of the names
Distinguishing principles of the two parties in Italy
Introduction of the parties into Florence
The Ghibellines with the aid of Frederick II expel the Guelfs from Florence
Return of the Guelfs after the Emperor's death, and pacification between the two parties
Renewed hostilities
Adoption of distinctive banners by the two parties in Florence
The Ghibellines intrigue with Manfred and are forced to leave Florence
They retire to Siena and persuade Manfred to send them help
Great Ghibelline victory at Montaperti
Flight of the Guelfs from Florence
Farinata degli Uberti saves Florence from destruction
The Ghibellines supreme in Tuscany
Defeat of Manfred at Benevento by Charles of Anjou
Flight of Guido Novello and the Ghibelline allies from Florence
Guy de Montfort arrives in Florence as Charles's vicar
Guelf supremacy finally re-established
Dante in Florence
Dante's birth and ancestry
His father and mother
Geri del Bello
Beatrice Portinari
Episodes in the Vita Nuova
Folco Portinari
Death of Beatrice
Poetical correspondence with Cino da Pistoja, Guido Cavalcanti, and Forese Donati
Military service
War with Arezzo
Battle of Campaldino
Victory of Florentine Guelfs
Buonconte da Montefeltro
Siege of Caprona
"Quomodo sedet sola civitas!"
Early studies
Brunetto Latino
Classical acquirements
Gemma Donati
Public life
Embassy to San Gemignano
Blacks and Whites in Pistoja
In Florence
Cerchi and Donati
May Day, 1300
Dante in office
Embassy to Rome
Charles of Valois in Florence
Triumph of the Blacks
Condemnation and exile of Dante
His possessions and debts
Dante in Exile
Dante's fellow-exiles
Henry VII in Italy
His death
Fresh sentence against Dante
His retirement to Ravenna
Alleged visits to Mantua, Verona, and Piacenza
Reputed a sorcerer
Death and burial
His tomb and epitaphs
Boccaccio's rebuke to the Florentines
Efforts of Florence to get possession of Dante's remains
Leo X grants permission for their removal
Disappearance of the remains
Their accidental discovery during the commemoration of the sixth centenary of Dante's birth
Public exhibition of them at Ravenna, and subsequent re-interment
Characteristics of Dante
Boccaccio's account of Dante's person and character
His love of fame
His failings
Account of him by his contemporary, Giovanni Villani
Portraits of Dante
The Giotto portrait in the Bargello
Norton's account of the Bargello portrait
Its disappearance and re-discovery
The death-mask
Its relation to the portrait
The Naples Bronze
Portrait by Taddeo Gaddi
The Riccardi portrait
The picture by Domenico di Michelino
Anecdotes of Dante
Dante and Can Grande della Scala
Belacqua and Dante
Sacchetti's stories
Dante and the blacksmith
Dante and the donkey-driver
Dante's creed
Dante and King Robert of Naples
Dante's reply to the bore
Dante and the Doge of Venice
Dante a kleptomaniac
Dante and Cecco d' Ascoli
Dante's Works
Italian Works
Lyrical Poems
The Vita Nuova
The Convivio
The Divina Commedia
Its origin, subject, and aim
Date of composition
Scheme of the poem
Boccaccio's story of the lost cantos
Why it was written in Italian
Dante and his rhymes
Manuscripts and printed editions
English editions and translations
Latin Works
The De Monarchia
The De Vulgari Eloquentia
The Letters
The Eclogues
The Quaestio de Aqua et Terra
Apocryphal Works
Genealogical Table of the Family of Dante
Letter of Frate Ilario to Uguccione della Faggiuola
Extracts from letters from Seymour Kirkup to Gabriele Rossetti concerning the discovery of the Giotto portrait of Dante in the Bargello, and Kirkup's drawing from it
Chronological List of early (cent. xiv-xvi) commentaries on the Divina Commedia, with titles of printed editions
Bibliographical Note of the Earliest Biographies and Biographical Notices of Dante