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Dante’s Bones

How a Poet Invented Italy

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674980839

Publication Date: 05/12/2020

Academic Trade

384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

46 photos

Belknap Press

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Dante’s Bones is at once a vivid retelling of Dante’s fortunes in the centuries following his death and an important work of historical scholarship. Guy Raffa’s deft prose illuminates the enduring contest over the great poet’s mortal remains, providing a remarkable instance—by turns comical, deadly serious, and always captivating—of the appropriation of literary genius for political and cultural purposes.—Albert Ascoli, President of the Dante Society of America and author of Dante and the Making of a Modern Author

Dante’s Bones is an enormous gift to readers and scholars of the poet and Italian history. With intensive scholarship in a wide variety of fields as his loom, Raffa has woven a fascinating tapestry out of 700 years of guarding, stealing, hiding, maintaining, studying, celebrating, debating, and claiming the material form and symbolic meaning of Dante’s remains.—Arielle Saiber, author of Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy

Dante Alighieri changed literature forever by reimagining the afterlife, and Dante’s Bones now captures Dante’s afterlife in a way that has never been done. Adeptly guiding us through medieval politics as well as modern science, Guy Raffa achieves the elusive accomplishment of vividly bringing Dante to life through his death.—Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Dante Chamber

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