Dante: Poet Of The Secular World

byErich AuerbachTranslated byRalph ManheimIntroduction byMichael Dirda

Paperback | January 16, 2007

Dante: Poet Of The Secular World by Erich Auerbach
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Erich Auerbach’s Dante: Poet of the Secular World is an inspiring introduction to one of world’s greatest poets as well as a brilliantly argued and still provocative essay in the history of ideas. Here Auerbach, thought by many to be the greatest of twentieth-century scholar-critics, makes the seemingly paradoxical claim that it is in the poetry of Dante, supreme among religious poets, and above all in the stanzas of his Divine Comedy, that the secular world of the modern novel first took imaginative form. Auerbach’s study of Dante, a precursor and necessary complement to Mimesis, his magisterial overview of realism in Western literature, illuminates both the overall structure and the individual detail of Dante’s work, showing it to be an extraordinary synthesis of the sensuous and the conceptual, the particular and the universal, that redefined notions of human character and fate and opened the way into modernity.

CONTENTS
I. Historical Introduction; The Idea of Man in Literature
II. Dante's Early Poetry
III. The Subject of the "Comedy"
IV. The Structure of the "Comedy"
V. The Presentation
VI. The Survival and Transformation of Dante's Vision of Reality
Notes
Index
Erich Auerbach (1892—1957) was born in Berlin, educated at the Universities of Heidelberg and Greifswald, and served in the German army during World War I. A professor at the University of Marburg, Auerbach fled Hitler’s Germany for Istanbul in 1933 and in 1947 moved to the United States, where he taught at Pennsylvania State and Yale....
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Title:Dante: Poet Of The Secular WorldFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:208 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.5 inPublished:January 16, 2007Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590172191

ISBN - 13:9781590172193

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