dante alighieri

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (1265 – 1321) is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest poets. His Vita Nova (c. 1292 – 95), a combination of prose and poetry that tells the story of his youthful love for Beatrice, was his first book. In 1295 he entered Florentine politics and in the summer of 1300 he became one of the six governing Priors of Florence, the highest political office. During this time, he was also writing the numerous lyric poems that made him famous in central and northern Italy, as well as studying widely and deeply in a number of subjects.


Andrew Frisardi

Andrew Frisardi is originally from Boston and now lives in northern Lazio, Italy, where he works as a writer, translator, and editor. His most recent books are an annotated translation of Dante’s Vita Nova, published by Northwestern University Press in 2012; The Young Dante and the One Love, essays on the Vita Nova published by the Temenos Academy (London) in 2013; and Death of a Dissembler, a poetry collection published in 2014 by White Violet Press.


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