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Critical Insights: The InfernoCRITICAL INSIGHTS, The Inferno

Contributed original essays in this new book edited by Patrick Hunt include new work by Robert Harrison, Heather Webb, David Lummus, Nicole Rudick and Elizabeth Coggeshall.

This volume is intended to make Dante's Inferno more accessible to inquiring students. Essays include a close reading of Dante, a chapter comparing and contrasting Dante's Inferno to his other writing, a history of the critical response to his work, and a chapter on the cultural and historical context of the poem.

Dante is immortal partly because his epic poem distills more creative genius in the few decades it took to write than many cultures preserve of their legacy over millennia. Dante is at the very heart of Western Culture.


"This series makes a valuable addition to academic libraries supporting literature students both at undergraduate and at graduate levels as it presents different views and more in-depth articles..."
Library Journal

Editor: Patrick Hunt, Ph.D., University College London
Published by Salem Press, September, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-58765-838-9
September 2012 · 1 volume · 360 pages · 6"x9"

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Myths for all timeMYTHS FOR ALL TIME

Timeless Greek myths retold as stories are never out of fashion. These familiar tales form a priceless treasure that became one of the foundations for Western culture, art and history. Without Greek myths, our history, our imagination and our art would be that much poorer. With these myths, we better understand our own time and place. Nearly every great writer has somehow made direct reference or alluded to Greek myths. These watershed myths became vehicles for expressing some of our deepest ideas in metaphor.

In addition to iconographic background and structural analyses, twelve selected myths appear here told in the medium of short story with lively dialogue and riveting action.

The myths included in this book are Orpheus and Eurydice, Midas' Golden Touch, Daedalus and Icarus, Narcissus and Echo, Heracles at Olympia, Demeter and Persephone, Dionysus and the Pirates, Achilles and Penthesilea, Apollo and Daphne, Oedipus and the Sphinx, Pandora's Box and Endymion and Artemis

Ariel Books, New York, Fall 2007
ISBN: 978-1934269091
120 Pages
Also available in audio format

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Poetry in the Song of SongsPoetry in the Song of Songs: A Literary Analysis

This ground-breaking study explores the structure and literary figures in the biblical Hebrew poetry of the Song of Songs. These figures include simile, metaphor, paronomasia, parallelism, sensory cluster, fertility language and many other literary devices, delineated but not limited to how they also appear in classical literature as defined by Aristotle, Quintilian, and others.

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.; 1st New edition edition (September 30, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-1433104657
Paperback: 368 pages

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A collection of 264 original aphorisms and fabulae (parables), inspired by Voltaire, Nietzsche and Kafka, these poetic, philosophical historical musings are distilled to their essence. Also unique tales about Alexander the Great, unusual museums, and fictive history in the vein of Borges and Umberto Eco.

Review "Patrick Hunt is an archaeologist, writer, composer, poet, art historian—and damn fine aphorist…He has a knack for making discoveries: In 1996, he found the 9,000-foot-high quarry for the Temple of Jupiter in the Fenetre de Ferret pass adjacent to the Great St. Bernard Pass, and he directed a team that found a Roman silver coin hoard in the Swiss Alps in 2003.

His aphorisms come from several different books, including Faust (1982), Proverbs (1989), and The Laws of Nature (2000)." From James Geary's blog, All Aphorisms, All the Time 2008

Publisher: Corinthian Publishing Group (February 22, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0-578-13533-5 December 2013 88 Pages

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Pascal and Voltaire at the Cafe Procope

Pascal and Voltaire at the Cafe Procope

Pascal (1623-1662) and Voltaire (1694-1778) were two of the most influential thinkers of the broader Enlightenment Era. Although their lifetimes did not overlap, they shared common interests. However, their very different philosophical perspectives would have strongly clashed. What might a conversation between the two of them have been if they had met at the famed Parisian Café Procope (or perhaps in a waiting room after death, one that at least to Voltaire resembled the famous Enlightenment café)? In this play touching on topics as diverse as literature, logic, religion, rationalism, mathematics, and metaphysics, Patrick Hunt imagines a creative and stimulating dialogue between these great minds. His work challenges and encourages readers to consider their own world views.

Publisher: Stone Tower Books
ISBN: 978-1942614225

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Creation Groans: Animal FablesCreation Groans: Animal Fables


forthcoming in 2017