The Figure of Beatrice: a study in Dante by Charles Williams
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London. Faber and Faber Limited. 1943. Seventh impression, 1958. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine, some shelf wear and tanning over time. Jacket Condition: Fine, unfortunate cut to inner front jacket flap according to convention of previous owner. 238pp.
Reading Dante, one is attuned to the figure of Beatrice that haunts his lines. She is a symbolic and allusive device: a way into the text, which Charles Williams boldly takes in "The Figure of Beatrice: A Study in Dante." Taking the Beatrice figure as the subject of his study, he is able to remain specific–he separates his essay into the themes and narratives that frame her reference in Dante's successive poems. Following this chronological structure, his line of inquiry establishes itself, enough that he can trouble the text with the metaphysical and psychological questions that, perhaps in turn, resembles Dante's Beatrice, at the edge of the line he has to trouble on his own.