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    The Divine Comedy (Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Dante Alighieri, Translated by C. H. Sisson, Volume editor David H. Higgins

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    DescriptionDescribed variously as the greatest poem of the European Middle Ages and, because of the author's evangelical purpose, the 'fifth Gospel', the Divine Comedy is central to the culture of the west. The poem is a spiritual autobiography in the form of a journey - the poet travels from the dark circles of the Inferno, up the mountain of Purgatory, where Virgil, his guide leaves him to encounter Beatrice in the Earthly Paradise. Dante conceived the poem as the new epic of Christendom, and he creates a world in which reason and faith have transformed moral and social chaos into order. Charles Sisson's blank verse translation is remarkable for its lucidity and vigour, and the Introduction, diagrams, maps, and notes by David Higgins provide the reader with invaluable guidance. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


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    Title
    The Divine Comedy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dante Alighieri, Translated by C. H. Sisson, Volume editor David H. Higgins
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 752
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199535644
    ISBN 10: 0199535647
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADT
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC classification: PN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CEUROP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    DC22: 851.1
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: 2ADT
    BISAC V2.8: POE005030, POE008000, FIC019000, FIC026000
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Illustrations note
    line drawings, maps, tables
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Charles H. Sisson is a well-known poet and translator, and editor of Poetry Nation Review. David Higgins is Head of Italian Studies at the University of Bristol, and is the author of Dante and the Bible (1992).
    Review quote
    'The pleasingly plain, readable English well reflects Dante's original eloquence.' The Times What is amazing about Dante's language is the fluency, the plainness, the simplicity - the sheer approachability - of his words. The sheer formal mastery of the man is quite amazing. Michael Glover, New Statesman & Society
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