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Dante: Poet of the Secular World (New York Review Books Classics)

by Erich Auerbach

ISBN: 9781590172193 / 1590172191

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Erich Auerbach?s Dante: Poet of the Secular World is an inspiring introduction to one of world?s greatest poets as well as a brilliantly argued and still provocative essay in the history of ideas. Here Auerbach, thought by many to be the greatest of twentieth-century scholar-critics, makes the seemingly paradoxical claim that it is in the poetry of Dante, supreme among religious poets, and above all in the stanzas of his Divine Comedy, that the secular world of the modern novel ?rst took imaginative form. Auerbach?s study of Dante, a precursor and necessary complement to Mimesis, his magisterial overview of realism in Western literature, illuminates both the overall structure and the individual detail of Dante?s work, showing it to be an extraordinary synthesis of the sensuous and the conceptual, the particular and the universal, that rede?ned notions of human character and fate and opened the way into modernity.

I. Historical Introduction; The Idea of Man in Literature
II. Dante's Early Poetry
III. The Subject of the "Comedy"
IV. The Structure of the "Comedy"
V. The Presentation
VI. The Survival and Transformation of Dante's Vision of Reality

ISBN 13 978-15-90172-19-3
ISBN 10 1-590-17219-1
ASIN 1590172191
  • 9781590172193
Amazon Sales Rank 124,930
Main Category Paperback
Group Book
Publisher NYRB Classics
Studio NYRB Classics
Manufacturer NYRB Classics
Package Quantity 1
Count Per Package 1
Dimensions 4.97 x 0.48 x 7.99 inches. 0.5 pounds
Package Dimensions 7.9 x 5.0 x 0.6 inches. 0.45 pounds
Translator(s) Ralph Manheim
Introduction(s) Michael Dirda
Language(s) English (Published)
English (Original Language)
English (Unknown)
Adult Product? No

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