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The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso
     

The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso

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by Dante Alighieri, H. F. Cary (Translator)
 

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The Divine Comedy (Italian: La Divina Commedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the Christian afterlife is a culmination of the medieval

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The Divine Comedy (Italian: La Divina Commedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the Christian afterlife is a culmination of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church. It helped establish the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard. It is divided into three parts, the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.
On the surface the poem describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven; but at a deeper level it represents allegorically the soul's journey towards God. At this deeper level, Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially the teachings of Thomas Aquinas. At the surface level, the poem is understood to be fictional.

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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 University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781618951625
Publisher:
Bibliotech Press
Publication date:
01/23/2014
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,008,041
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) was born in Florence and is considered Italy's greatest poet. It is believed that The Divine Comedy was written between 1308 and 1320.

Robin
 Kirkpatrick is a professor of Italian and English literature at the University of Cambridge and has written a number of books on Dante and on the Renaissance.

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The Divine Comedy 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 145 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimesin english sometimes in another language
mcbjack More than 1 year ago
The book, of course, is a classic but I was very disappointed in the translation and added notes. I find Charles Eliot Norton to be very big on himself. I would recommend (for anyone wanted to read The Divine Comedy) to find a different translation.
BRULI More than 1 year ago
The illustrations go on top of text and mesh together from page to page obscuring the written word. A huge mess. Pity, since G. Dore is the best illustrator ever. NOT RECOMMENDED-DO NOT BUY.
FusionLA More than 1 year ago
I just downloaded the this ebook, and this is not the John Ciardi translation!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a scanned and OCD version of the text that is full of errors.
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This book is old, so the way this book is written is old and proper. It's a really good book though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned about Dante and the Divine Comedy in school. Not sure if I liked his whole idea about the area in between heaven and hell.
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good
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All three books were amazing to have such insigh in Dantes books!
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I don't approve of the translation
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