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While on a recent business trip to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, I walked into a bookstore and was face to face with a brand new book on a subject I thought I was done with:


It was the title that got to me:


by Harriet Rubin.

Finding this book, close on the heels of finding, reading and reviewing "Eleven Minutes" by Paulo Coelho, caused me to have a sinking feeling:

it made me think I was not as "done with Dante" as perhaps I might have thought.

But it got worse: soon after coming home I wandered into the library at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) and found several more books that made me want to seriously take another look at the Dante and the Courtly Love topics.

Curiously (I thought at first), I was made aware of Dante's interest in and defense of Thomas Aquinas by someone with whom I was having a conversation on the 'soul.'  That conversation led me to notice all the Aquina references in the books on Dante, and also added two other books to my list below.

What will be added to this page later (sometime this summer if not sooner) is a summation of what I learned from these new readings. What will be linked to this page before I write a summation is what I learned from reading each of the books listed below (when they are linked, a PDF file will come up if you click on the title):




Dante in Love; The Worldĺs Greatest Poem and How It Made History

Harriet Rubin

(Simon & Schuster, New York, 2004)

To Hell & Back With Dante; A Modern Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy

Joseph Gallagher

(Triumph Books, Liguori, Missouri, 1996)

Dante, Eros, & Kabbalah

Mark Jay Mirsky

(Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, New York, 2003)

God and the Goddesses; Vision, Poetry and belief in the Middle Ages

Barbara Newman

(University of Pennsylvania press, Philadelphia, 2003)

Discovering Aquinas; An Introduction to His Life, Work, and Influence

Aidan Nichols, OP

(William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2002)

Sheer Joy; Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality

Matthew Fox

(Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, New York, 2003 --reprint of 1992 edition)
















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