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On Reading: Erich Auerbach

January 16, 2007

In the most recent New York Review of Books, journalist and author Michael Dirda discusses Erich Auerbach‘s Dante: Poet of the Secular World. Based on this review, I’m planning to read Auerbach’s Dante as I make my way through the Commedia for the second time. Towards the end of the piece, Dirda cites this excellent quote, from another of Aurbach’s books, as an example of his sensibility:

To grasp the special nature of an epoch of a work, to perceive the nature of the relations between works of art and the time in which they were created, is an endless problem which each of us, exerting the utmost concentration, must endeavor to solve for himself and from his own point of view.

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