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Life of Dante

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  154 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
"Life of Dante" brings together the earliest accounts of Dante available, putting the celebratory essay of literary genius Giovanni Boccaccio together with the historical analysis of leading humanist Leonardo Bruni. Their writings, along with the other sources included in this volume, provide a wealth of insight and information into Dante's unique character and life, from ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Oneworld Classics (first published 1360)
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Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
Beautiful.! Simply beautiful.!! That's what it was. Boccaccio intended to write a biography and ended up writing a poetry. I was struck by the beauty of his words,rather than the content. Content doesn't seem much reliable,even though Boccaccio had access to most of the details. Instead of concentrating on the details and making it an objective systematic biography,he gave importance to emotions. The whole book can be read in one stretch,the flow is so good and the words so beautiful..
Rick Davis
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
Fra' Emme
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vbb, io cinque stelle gliele do perché è Giovannuzzo mio, ma ci sono degli errori, delle cose che non vanno. Non cita le fonti, sbaglia le date (il De Vulgari Eloquentia e il Convivio mica li scrive poco prima di morire, Dante, Giova', che mi combini, bastava controllare un attimo su Wikipedia), insomma, si apprezza l'impegno ma si poteva fare di meglio.
Ma poi, quella sparata contro Gemma Donati, Boccacciuzzo adorato, ma che t'ha fatto di male?
Daje, su.
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?"
Tom Elliott
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.
Mrs. C.
May 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It is short and very straightforward in the explanations and the ideas that Boccaccio hoped to pass on to the readers!
Aug 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
This book provides historical context to Dante's work, and goodness knows, you need historical context.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, dante
Such a beautiful display of storytelling, poetry and philosophy. Enjoyed it very much through out every single page.
Vicki Wilson
Cannot help it, just bored shitless with these books now. Need to find something new.
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the Comedy is just like a peacock, yes.
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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 ...more
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