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Dante's Divine Comedy: Hell, Purgatory, Paradise

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Long narrative poem originally titled Commedia (about 1555 printed as La divina commedia) written about 1310-14 by Dante. The work is divided into three major sections--Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso--which trace the journey of a man from darkness and error to the revelation of the divine light, culminating in the beatific vision of God. It is usually held to be one of the world's greatest works of literature. The plot of The Divine Comedy is simple: a man is miraculously enabled to visit the souls in Hell, ...
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Overview


Long narrative poem originally titled Commedia (about 1555 printed as La divina commedia) written about 1310-14 by Dante. The work is divided into three major sections--Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso--which trace the journey of a man from darkness and error to the revelation of the divine light, culminating in the beatific vision of God. It is usually held to be one of the world's greatest works of literature. The plot of The Divine Comedy is simple: a man is miraculously enabled to visit the souls in Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. He has two guides: Virgil, who leads him through the Inferno and Purgatorio, and Beatrice, who introduces him to Paradiso. Through these fictional encounters taking place from Good Friday evening in 1300 through Easter Sunday and slightly beyond, Dante the character learns of the exile that is awaiting him (an actual exile that had already occurred at the time of writing). This device allowed Dante not only to create a story out of his exile but also to explain how he came to cope with personal calamity and to offer suggestions for the resolution of Italy's troubles as well.

This title contains The Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise.

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This deluxe hardcover encompasses three masterpieces: Dante's Divine Comedy, one of the pillars of modern literature; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's acclaimed translation of this classic; and Gustave Doré's famed illustrations, which the renowned artist himself believed to be among his finest works. A cornerstone of any literary library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785821205
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 963,513
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri (1265--1321) was a poet and politician. Born into a noble Florentine family in a city torn apart by rival clans, Dante became embroiled in this sectarianism and was banished from the city in 1302. He wrote The Divine Comedy while in exile, and he died in Ravenna in 1321. The translation used is that of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the American lyric poet.
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Table of Contents

How to Read Dante ix
Translator's Note xix
The Inferno 3
Introduction 5
Cantos 16
The Purgatorio 271
Introduction 273
Cantos 286
The Paradiso 583
Introduction 585
Cantos 596
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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Dante/Gustave Dore

    Brilliantly illustrated book. This Dore edition is very well known and this particular publication definitely does it justice.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Book was shipped broken

    When I received the book in the mail, I immediately opened the box, happy to finally have it arrive. Picking it up out of the box, I heard a strange crackling noise. Opening the front cover, I saw that the spine was splitting, separating the cover from the rest of the book.

    I took the book back to a local store, where they gave be credit for the book but not shipping. While at the store, I found a leather bound version of the book for a dollar more, so I bought that instead.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    The pages and book itself came in okay condition. But the cover

    The pages and book itself came in okay condition. But the cover of the book is all messed up. It looks like someone dropped the corners on something, it's ripped in places, and there are five small round indents on the back cover from something pressing in deep. But again, the inside pages are unharmed and look beautiful. Looking forward to reading it. Just be careful if ordering this book off the website

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

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    I think this is a very well written novel about Hell, purgatory,

    I think this is a very well written novel about Hell, purgatory, and heaven and altogether redemption and the illustrations are very well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2009

    Most Interesting Book I've Read

    This edition has a great layout. The brief explanation before you start each canto is nice; though, it would be nice if some of the obscure references in the text had notes in the side margins.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Attractively Presented

    A useful addition to anyone's library or for a thoughtful gife. Contains the Longfellow translation together with Dore"s illustrations. Since I have other translations and editions of this work I was pleased to add this attractive over-sized volume to my library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    A Masterpiece

    This is a literary work of art! While the story, which will remain timeless in its construct and lends even to todays objectivity of religion, this is as close as we can perceive things to be at their extreme. While the illustrations are dynamic they give mention to the phrasing that the 15th cent. text lends to giving you the visual the artist and author envisaged. Superb!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    Great Book

    The book is great, but make sure to read it out loud as it tends to make more sense by reading it out loud. The pictures are great, and offer the lines that give the inspiration for the picture.

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