By Alberto Manguel
Publish yr note: First released in 2006
In this significant selection of his essays, Alberto Manguel, whom George Steiner has known as “the Casanova of reading,” argues that the job of studying, in its broadest feel, defines our species. “We come into the area reason on discovering narrative in everything,” writes Manguel, “landscape, the skies, the faces of others, the pictures and phrases that our species create.” studying our personal lives and people of others, analyzing the societies we are living in and people who lie past our borders, analyzing the worlds that lie among the covers of a ebook are the essence of A Reader on Reading.
The thirty-nine essays during this quantity discover the crafts of examining and writing, the identification granted to us by way of literature, the far-reaching shadow of Jorge Luis Borges, to whom Manguel learn as a tender guy, and the hyperlinks among politics and books and among books and bodies. The powers of censorship and highbrow interest, the artwork of translation, and people “numinous reminiscence palaces we name libraries” additionally determine during this impressive assortment. For Manguel and his readers, phrases, in any case, lend coherence to the realm and supply us “a few secure locations, as genuine as paper and as bracing as ink,” to furnish us room and board in our passage.
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The fruits of Michele Barbi’s long philological and historical labors are to be found in two volumes published after his death: M. Barbi and F. , Rime della Vita nuova e della giovinezza (Florence: Le Monnier, 1956); M. Barbi and V. , Rime della maturita` e dell’esilio (Florence: Le Monnier, 1969). , 1965) remains unsurpassed for the pithiness and elegance of its formulations. Most useful for its comprehensiveness and for the clarity of the portrait that emerges of the early Italian lyric schools is the edition of Kenelm Foster and Patrick Boyde: Dante’s Lyric Poetry, 2 vols.
H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow, which in 1915 was banned in England because of its obscenity. Here too, however, there is a considerable discrepancy between the poems and the prose of the Vita nuova. In some of the poems Dante indeed uses religious or Christological analogies to speak of Beatrice (see, for example, the canzone “Donna pietosa,” in chapter 23), but the degree to which he does so is minimal compared to the all-out glorification of Beatrice that occurs in the prose. Taken in their own right, the poems merely further the idealizing rhetoric of the medieval lyric tradition.
1965) remains unsurpassed for the pithiness and elegance of its formulations. Most useful for its comprehensiveness and for the clarity of the portrait that emerges of the early Italian lyric schools is the edition of Kenelm Foster and Patrick Boyde: Dante’s Lyric Poetry, 2 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967). This editorial enterprise culminated with the publication in 2002 of Domenico De Robertis’ monumental five-volume edition of Dante lyrics: Dante Alighieri: Rime, in Le Opere di Dante Alighieri, Edizione Nazionale a cura della Societa` Dantesca Italiana, ed.
A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel