Dante and the Making of a Modern Author

    Dante and the Making of a Modern Author

    Albert Russell Ascoli

    Cambridge University Press 2011

    Paperback 466pp

    9780521178440   Product Code: 21660

    Albert Russell Ascoli traces the metamorphosis of Dante Alighieri from minor Florentine aristocrat, political activist in exile and daring experimental poet, into Dante, author of the Commedia and perhaps the most self-consciously 'authoritative' cultural figure in the Western canon. The study is the first comprehensive introduction to Dante's evolving, transformative relationship to medieval ideas of authorship and authority, from the early Vita Nuova to the works of his maturity, Monarchy and the Divine Comedy.

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