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The Divine Comedy

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The authoritative translations of The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso--together in one volume. Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise--the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation. Now, for the first time, John Ciardi's brilliant and authoritative translations of Dante's three soaring canticles--The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso--have been gathered together in a single volume. Crystallizing the power and beauty inherent in the great poet's immortal conception of the aspiring soul, The Divine Comedy is a dazzling work of sublime truth and mystical intensity.show more

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  • Paperback | 900 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 975.22g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Dutton / Signet
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0451208633
  • 9780451208637
  • 47,964

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"The English Dante of choice." -Hugh Kenner "Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths." -Robert Fagles, Princeton University "A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry." -Henri Peyre, Yale Universityshow more

About Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy's greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered the art of lyric poetry at an early age. He is the author of the three canticles, The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso. Politically active in Florence, he was banished to Italy in 1302. In 1274, he met the great love of his life, Beatrice, whom he immortalized in La Vita Nuova (1292) and The Divine Comedy. He died in 1321.show more

Table of contents

The Divine ComedyHow to Read Dante Translator's Note The Inferno Introduction Cantos The Purgatorio Introduction Cantos The Paradiso Introduction Cantosshow more

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