The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso (John Ciardi Translation)

The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso (John Ciardi Translation)

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by Dante Alighieri
     
 

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"Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them—there is no third."—T. S. Eliot

"Ciardi has given us…a credible, passionate persona of the poet, stripped of the customary gauds of rhetoric and false decoration, strong and noble in utterance."—Dudley Fitts

"A sensitive and perceptive translation…a spectacular achievement

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"Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them—there is no third."—T. S. Eliot

"Ciardi has given us…a credible, passionate persona of the poet, stripped of the customary gauds of rhetoric and false decoration, strong and noble in utterance."—Dudley Fitts

"A sensitive and perceptive translation…a spectacular achievement."—Archibald MacLeish

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.

"I think [Ciardi's] version of Dante will be in many respects the best we have seen."—John Crowe Ransom

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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:
9780451208637
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/27/2003
Pages:
928
Sales rank:
41,456
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.99(h) x 1.46(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John Ciardi was a distinguished poet and professor, having taught at Harvard and Rutgers universities, and a poetry editor of The Saturday Review. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1955 he won the Harriet Monroe Memorial Award, and in 1956, the Prix de Rome. He died in 1986.

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The Divine Comedy: The John Ciardi Translation 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are reading this translation of The Inferno in class (translated by J.C.), and it is wonderful. However, I am confused Barnes and Noble...... Are you allowing for the same comments that are posted on one translation to be automatically posted on all the other versions? This isn't helpful, because readers may wish to compare one translation to another by reading the reviews...... That's what I was trying to do, to see which version of The Divine Comedy I wished to buy, but couldn't. I realize that I should probably post this in some forum online, and I will eventually. And of course, what I could be seeing is the result of spammers, but I don't think this is likely. Anyway, I absolutely believe that this is a wonderful translation and would highly recommend it.
PixieChild More than 1 year ago
I have read The Divine Comedy two times before, with difficulty, although it is a great story. This translation is the best I have seen, making this classic much easier to understand and stick with. My 14 year old granddaughter asked me about the book and was my incentive to buy it and read it again. To understand the characters you do have to keep flipping back and forth from the footnotes and the text, so to make it easier for her I have written the footnotes along the sides of the pages where they belong. So much mythology and ancient ways of living are incorporated into the book that it makes today's children uninterested in reading it because of the research needed. But as a classic it is worth the work and very stimulating to try to understand. Don't know if this makes any sense to you or not, but again a great translation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
how you like John Ciardi's version depends on whether you want an easier ead or not. he gives you a summary of the canto in the Inferno that i read by him which was very helpful for my first time, but he does leave out some details to make it more simple. if you want the more complex versions that involve a better translation, i would go for a different translater.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that Dante has gone past the norm of classical lit. He takes you through a world beyond what we can comprehend. He shows us what happens after our life. Written during his own last days he brings a whole new thinking to the after-life by allowing us to visualize what these places are like. I recommend this to everyone. A GREAT PIECE OF LITURATURE!
VladimirDK More than 1 year ago
Not bad
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Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Although extremely dense, Dante's Divine Comedy is an incredible work of imagination and biblical scripture knowledge.
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Nina Montez More than 1 year ago
This translation is awesome, it has plain english part and then the poetry parts. So anyone can enjoy the book and understand what is going on. A great buy, you will be glad you did.
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