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978-0-7391-8196-6 • Hardback • November 2014 • $114.00 • (£88.00)
978-0-7391-8197-3 • eBook • November 2014 • $102.50 • (£79.00)
Sara MacDonald is professor and director of the Great Books Program at St. Thomas University.
Barry Craig is professor and academic vice-president at St. Thomas University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Soldiering Through Inferno
Chapter 2: The Habit of Love
Chapter 3: The City of Justice
Chapter 4: A Defense of the Democratic Regime
About the Authors
Throughout their book, our authors present a carefully nuanced view of the relationship between Dante and Helprin.
In their own imitation of Dante’s Virgil, MacDonald and Craig rescue novelist Mark Helprin from the thicket of shallow misinterpretation and present him in all his philosophic depth while preserving his artistic splendor. Without a trace of didacticism, they explore some of Helprin’s major novels together with Dante’s Divine Comedy, and portray how he and Dante speak to the same longings of the heart. Their pathbreaking study is no tendentious interpretation, but a philosophic and imaginative inquiry and is unhesitatingly recommended for all who love Mark Helprin’s writing and serious students of the modern novel and classical literature.
— Ken Masugi, Johns Hopkins University