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"Life of Dante" brings together the earliest accounts of Dante available, putting the celebratory essay of literary genius Giovanni Boccaccio together with the historical analysis of leading humanist Leonardo Bruni. Their writings, along with the other sources included in this volume, provide a wealth of insight and information into Dante's unique character and life, from his susceptibility to the torments of passionate love, his involvement in politics, scholastic enthusiasms and military experience, to the stories behind the greatest heights of his poetic achievements.Not only are these accounts invaluable for their subject matter, they are also seminal examples of early biographical writing. Also included in this volume is a biography of Boccaccio, perhaps as great an influence on world literature as Dante himself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781847490919
ISBN-10: 1847490913
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 130mm x 10mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Oneworld Classics Ltd
Publisher: Oneworld Classics Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) was an important figure in Renaissance humanism, and one of the most celebrated Italian authors of all time. Best known for the Decameron, Boccaccio is famous for championing the use of the Italian vernacular in literature.

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