The Divine Comedy (Blackstone Classic Literature)

The Divine Comedy (Blackstone Classic Literature)

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by Dante Alighieri, Ralph Cosham
     
 

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Translated by Carlyle-Okey-Wicksteed

Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this classic masterpiece, originally published in 1320, with award-winning narrator Ralph Cosham.

No words can describe the greatness of this work, a greatness both of theme and of artistry. Dante's theme is universal; it involves the greatest concepts that man has ever

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Translated by Carlyle-Okey-Wicksteed

Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this classic masterpiece, originally published in 1320, with award-winning narrator Ralph Cosham.

No words can describe the greatness of this work, a greatness both of theme and of artistry. Dante's theme is universal; it involves the greatest concepts that man has ever attained. Only a genius could have found the loftiness of tone and the splendor and variety of images that are presented in The Divine Comedy.

The story is an allegory representing the soul's journey from spiritual depths to spiritual heights. As mankind exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice, it experiences "Inferno" or hell, "Purgatorio" or purgatory, and "Paradiso" or heaven, a vision of a world of beauty, light, and song. A single listening will reveal the power of Dante's imagination to make the spiritual visible.

In this edition, Inferno is translated by John Aitken Carlyle, Purgatorio, by Thomas Okey, and Paradiso by Philip H. Wicksteed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433206368
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Series:
Classic Collection (Blackstone Audio) Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), one of the greatest poets in the Italian language, was born in Florence and later banished from there for his political activities. His philosophical-political poem Commedia, later called Divina Commedia, is considered a masterpiece of world literature.

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The Divine Comedy: The Carlyle-Okey-Wicksteed Translation 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
noel_bagwell More than 1 year ago
The Divine Comedy is a classic among classics. Dante Alighieri's imaginative work provides the modern reader (or, in this case, listener) with a vivid tour of hell, purgatory and heaven. Whether or not you are a religious person, the lessons about what is and is not good, and the distinctions between various kinds of acts with regard to their moral nature, are intriguing, thought-provoking and still very relevant to the ethical issues of today. Whether you're looking for something insightful to read, or if you just want to educate yourself by reading (or rereading) a classic you may or may not have read in school, The Divine Comedy is an excellent book for any reader of intermediate to advanced reading ability.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Books like this are the kinds of books that make people truly realize writing as an undeniable form of art. Dante's 'Divine Comedy' is borderline flawless. He conveys most everything he wants to convey with intensity and a clarity that has yet to be rivaled, let alone matched. Whilst the book is indeed hard to begin because of the style of writing, once you get beyond that, you, the reader, are in for a true intellectual experience.
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BDogPound More than 1 year ago
This story is nothing more than one man trying to justify tearing apart others lives and the choices they make that he personally does not agree. While giving his own sins lighter punishments & less hellish placement in the inferno. Many of his characters were still alive at the time he wrote this which is evidenced by the fact that after its publication Dante was panished from his home.
The producer of this CD version "Blackstone Audio" is highly flawed. Several of audio CD's had no information on them - they are blank. Others were covered in a sticky glue that had to be cleaned before they would play. If you must have this for a class order a version from a different company!