"Read this book to discover Dante the man, the pilgrim and the poet. Then go read his greatest poem. He's well-worth the exploration, and Shaw is a Virgil-like guide."
Dante expert Shaw (Emeritus, Italian Studies/Univ. Coll. London; editor: Dante: Monarchy
, 1996) explains The Divine Comedy
so easily and simply, she eliminates all trepidation in anyone daunted by his masterpiece, "the greatest poem of the Middle Ages and perhaps the greatest single work of Western literature."
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