DANTE & HIS AFTERLIVES: "To see the stars again..."

La Vita Nuova (The New Life)

In the Vita Nuova, one of his early works, Dante tells the story of his love for Beatrice,* her death, and his attempt to find an appropriate way to praise her. Just as Dante begins the work’s distinctive combination of thirty-one poems in a prose frame by dramatizing his selective transcription from the “book of his memory” to the “little book” his readers hold in their hands, later editors, translators, and illustrators have highlighted different elements of Dante’s account.
*For more information about Beatrice, see Purgatory and Paradise.

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