Book Launch Event: Joseph Luzzi - "In A Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love"

Event date: 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

This event will be held at Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY.

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In the aftermath of a heartbreaking tragedy, a scholar and writer uses Dante’s Divine Comedy to shepherd him through the dark wood of grief and mourning—a rich and emotionally resonant memoir of suffering, hope, love, and the power of literature to inspire and heal the most devastating loss. Where do we turn when we lose everything? Joseph Luzzi found the answer in the opening of The Divine Comedy: “In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.”

When Luzzi’s pregnant wife was in a car accident—and died forty-five minutes after giving birth to their daughter, Isabel—he finds himself a widower and first-time father at the same moment. While he grieves and cares for his infant daughter, miraculously delivered by caesarean before his wife passed, he turns to Dante’s Divine Comedy for solace.

In a Dark Wood tells the story of how Dante helps the author rebuild his life. He follows the structure of The Divine Comedy, recounting the Inferno of his grief, the Purgatory of healing and raising Isabel on his own, and then Paradise of the rediscovery of love.

Joseph Luzzi, holds a doctorate from Yale and teaches at Bard. He is the author of 'My Two Italies' and 'Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy', which won the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association. An active critic, his essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, and The Times Literary Supplement. Dante has been the focus of his teaching and writing for over twenty years, and he is a former Council Member of the Dante Society of America, founded in 1881 by Dante's first American translator, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062357519
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Harper Wave - June 2nd, 2015

My Two Italies: A Personal and Cultural History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374298692
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 15th, 2014