For all of us who have put off a trip into Dante s great poem for fear of getting lost there for good, Prue Shaw's intricate, humane, lucid and precise guide into Dante's world and time at last provides the longed-for map. One might even say thatDante's readers now have a Virgil of their own. ------Adam Gopnik
Prue Shaw s Reading Dante is a joy. It will remain on our shelves beside the works of those Dante scholars, such as Kenelm Foster, Etienne Gilson, Giovanni Papini and Bruno Nardi, who make you see the world, as well as seeing Dante, anew. --The Spectator
Shaw has transformed long hours of painstaking research into something accessible and alluring [...]. Somehow, she seems to remove the burdens and the obstacles between us and the text, leaving only the pleasures and the delights.
Altogether this is as interesting an introduction to Dante as one could hope to find in any language, and a clever and distinctive model for introductions to other authors as well. --Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Prue Shaw is an emerita reader in Italian studies at University College London and the editor of the edizione nazionale of Dante's Monarchia and of a digital edition of the Commedia.