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For over half a millennium, The Comedy has inspired writers from Shakespeare to Beckett. Dante's epic journey - out of the raging inferno to the gates of paradise - continues to dazzle readers today. In Dante In Love, A N Wilson brings to life one of the western canon's most enigmatic figures.
A N Wilson was born in 1950 and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a prolific and awarding-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. His most recent novel, Winnie and Wolf, was longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. He lives in North London.
"The most illuminating guide to Dante and his world I have read." --Sarah Bradford, author of "Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy" "The narrative is exceptionally lucid and the detail always vivid. This is biography as done by a novelist at the height of his powers." -- Jonathan Bate, "The Sunday Telegraph""" "If Dante gives us a universe, then Wilson provides a splendid survey of the world in which it was conceived . . . His criticism is generous, open-ended and patient." --Tom Payne, "The Telegraph""" "A thoughtful investigation . . . Wilson is an excellent 21st-century Virgil for anyone who has ever lost their way in Dante's dark wood, or who has yet to venture in." --Sarah Bakewell, "Sunday Times Magazine""" ""Dante in Love" is not just a thoroughly readable, illuminating story but, with its fascinating store of detail, a practical reference volume. It is a worthy vade mecum with which to explore Dante's masterpiece itself." -- Fiona Sampson, "The Independe