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Story of Rimini

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The Story of Rimini by Leigh Hunt is a tragic yet captivating tale of love and loss. Set in Italy, the story follows the forbidden romance between the beautiful Francesca da Rimini and the handsome Paolo Malatesta. Hunt’s lyrical prose beautifully captures the passion and intensity of their relationship, as well as the societal pressures and consequences that ultimately tear them apart.

The author expertly weaves together themes of love, honor, betrayal, and fate, creating a poignant and powerful narrative that keeps the reader engrossed from beginning to end. Hunt’s vivid descriptions of the Italian landscape and culture transport the reader to another time and place, immersing them in the world of Francesca and Paolo.

Overall, The Story of Rimini is a timeless classic that explores the complexities of human emotions and relationships. Hunt’s elegant writing style and nuanced character development make this novella a must-read for lovers of romantic literature.

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A long poem telling the tragic story of Francesca da Rimini, the duped and adulterous bride, inspired by the character in Dante's Inferno. Published in 1816 and dedicated to Lord Byron, it is considered the pinnacle of Hunt's poetic achievements. Hunt, though having fine artistic sensibilities, was not placed among the first rank of lyric poets, many of whom he championed however. The Story of Rimini was written in prison, where he spent two years for slander of the Prince Regent, and is dramatically and vividly told, with much evocative scene-setting and careful portrayal of emotional conflicts. ( Peter Tucker)

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