NATIONAL BOOK LAUNCH EVENT JOSEPH LUZZI In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing and the Mysteries of Love

Saturday, May 30, 7pm
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY
(845) 876-0500
Admission: FREE
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In the aftermath of a heartbreaking tragedy, a scholar and writer uses Dante’s Divine Comedyto 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.”
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.