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A divine guide to Dante

A review of Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity, by Prue Shaw. This companion to the life and work of the Italian genius will make you blink in wonder

28 June 2014

9:00 AM

28 June 2014

9:00 AM

Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity Prue Shaw

Liveright Publishing Corporation, pp.352, £20, ISBN: 9780871407429

Reading Dante is an experience of a lifetime. You never come to the end of it. But,  like Dante himself, at large in the frightening wood, you need a companion for the journey, and it is difficult to imagine one more enlightening than Prue Shaw.

The Emeritus Reader in Italian at the University of London, she has been lighting up the genius of Dante for us all her professional life, especially his politics.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £18. Tel: 08430 600033. A.N. Wilson is a former literary editor of The Spectator. His Dante in Love was published in 2011.

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