Charles Eliot Norton and the Rationale for American Dante Studies

Christian Y. Dupont

in Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199584628
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739095 | DOI:
Charles Eliot Norton and the Rationale for American Dante Studies

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This chapter traces the origins of Dante collecting in scholarship in America by examining the formation of the Dante collections at Boston Public and Harvard College Libraries and the consequent foundation of the Dante Society of America. In the first of his Turnbull lectures given at Johns Hopkins University in March 1894, Charles Eliot Norton sought to account for the broad interest in Dante at the end of the nineteenth century, noting that it had become ‘so widespread throughout our country during the last few years as to deserve special attention as one of the characteristic features of such intellectual life as exists among us’. ‘No other foreign poet’, he claimed, ‘has received a tithe of attention compared with that which has been paid to him’.

Keywords: Dante; United States; Charles Eliot Norton; poet

Chapter.  7505 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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