Dante in Love
By Harriet Rubin
Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743262989, 274pp.
Publication Date: April 2005
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"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.
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.