John Took is Professor Emeritus of Dante Studies at University College London. His books include L'Etterno Piacer: Aesthetic Ideas in Dante and Dante, Lyric Poet and Philosopher: An Introduction to the Minor Works.
A beautiful book that reflects decades of thinking and teaching on Dante. Readers will not be disappointed by Took's incisive, comprehensive readings of the Divine Comedy and other works. -Piero Boitani, Sapienza University of Rome A magisterial work, the result of a lifetime's devoted engagement with Dante's work and all that went into making the man and the poetry. -Corinna Salvadori Lonergan, Fellow Emeritus, Trinity College, Dublin John Took offers a splendidly comprehensive and well-informed account of Dante's work. Full weight is given to the ways in which the poet's writings reflect and respond to historical context. But above all the poetry itself is seen, rightly and enthusiastically, as a 'coruscation of delight.' -Robin Kirkpatrick, University of Cambridge