Dante in Love

The World's Greatest Poem and How It Made History

By Harriet Rubin
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743262989, 288pp.)

Publication Date: March 29, 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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In the vein of Brunelleschi's Dome, Galileo's Daughter, and Wittgenstein's Poker, Dante in Love is a geographic and spiritual re-creation of the poet's travels and the burst of creativity that produced the greatest poem ever written.

Dante in Love is the story of the most famous journey in literature. Rubin follows Dante's path as the poet, exiled from Florence, walked the old Jubilee routes that linked monasteries and all roads to Rome and Tuscany -- a path followed by generations of seekers from T. S. Eliot, Sigmund Freud, and Primo Levi to Bruce Springsteen. Following Dante's route, we, too, are inspired to undertake the journey of discovering ourselves.

About the Author

Harriet Rubin was the founder of Doubleday Currency and has published dozens of bestsellers. She is the author of The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women, which has been translated into twenty-three languages. She is on USA TODAY's editorial board and is a consultant to media companies. She currently lives in Manhattan and Portland, Oregon.

Praise For Dante in Love

Mario Cuomo As Virgil, Beatrice and Bernard guided Dante and his epiphantic journey through the afterlife, Harriet Rubin brilliantly describes how that journey has edified millions and inspired them to value the truth of love at least as much as they value the love of truth. Dante in Love should be required reading for anyone wishing to take the trip for the first time -- or take it again with even greater insight.

Paco Underhill The reigning goddess of American intellect uses Dante's poetry to take us on a gentle tour of the confluence of love, history and humanism.

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