Life of Dante
Leonardo Bruni’s Life of Dante, extracts from Giovanni Villani’s Florentine Chronicles and Filippo Villani’s Life of Dante, as well as documents preserved in a manuscript of Boccaccio are combined in this impressive volume, and together they provide a wealth of insight and information into Dante’s unique character and life. They address the author’s susceptibility to the t...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Oneworld Classics
(first published 1360)
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Boccaccio, who is best known for his Decameron, was a fellow Florentine and was 10 years old when Dante died. In his Life of Dante, In this book Boccaccio shares anecdotes he has gathered about Dante from people who knew him, most notably Dante’s sister and nephew. Boccaccio seems to have some sort of ADHD issues as he is constantly going off into rabbit trails and diversions. For example, he spends an entire chapter railing against women in the most humorously misogynistic way imaginable after...more
Apr 25, 2007 Genevieve rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is an awesome little biography, especially because while it is the first written biography of Dante, Boccaccio goes off on his own little rants about politics, poetry, wives, etc. He is very critical of Dante's wife for distracting him from his writing, and rants, "Who does not know that everything which is bought is tried by the purchaser before he buys it, except a wife?"
This biography of Dante really tells you more about Boccaccio and his attitudes, and his view of Dante is definitely through rosé-colored glasses. The most enjoyable part for me was the detailed depiction of Dante's personality. Overall, a good window into the Italian Renaissance mindset and novelty of humanistic thinking.
Though Dante was 48 when Boccaccio was born, this book still has the feel of an eyewitness account. For those of us involved with classical education, this book is a great model of encomium, invective, and thesis. Short and fun to read.
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 – 21 December 1375) was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular. Boccaccio is particularly notable for his dialogue, of which it has been said that it surpasses in veris...moreMore about Giovanni Boccaccio...