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The Inferno
     

The Inferno

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by Dante Alighieri, John Lotherington (Introduction)
 

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Journey into Dante's nine circles of hell in the epic poem, Inferno.

The Divine Comedy, written in the early fourteenth century by Dante Alighieri, continues to be essential reading for lovers of literature.

Dante's The Inferno is the first part of his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. In this epic poem, Dante is led by the poet

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Journey into Dante's nine circles of hell in the epic poem, Inferno.

The Divine Comedy, written in the early fourteenth century by Dante Alighieri, continues to be essential reading for lovers of literature.

Dante's The Inferno is the first part of his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. In this epic poem, Dante is led by the poet Virgil into the nine circles of Hell—limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery—culminating in a meeting with Satan himself. Along the way, he meets a number of interesting figures.

This edition uses the classic translation by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).

Complete and unabridged, this elegantly designed, clothbound edition features an elastic closure and a new introduction by John Lotherington.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Bravo for this new version of Dante . . . Bravo, Professor Nichols!" - The Church Times

"All life is written in Dante's burning pages, and Nichols has done him proud." - Ian Thomson, The Observer

"For sheer liveliness, combined with accuracy and closeness to the text, it will be hard to rival." - A.N. Wilson

"This new translation by J.G. Nichols, clearly grounded in a secure knowledge of and familiarity with Dante and in English verse which is rarely less than competently handled, is one that deserves to be taken seriously and will reward any reader who makes his first encounter with Dante through it. It is an intelligent and sophisticated piece of work." - Acumen Literary Journal

"Dante is my spiritual food." - James Joyce

Joan Acocella - The New Yorker
“The freedoms James takes allow him to get off some beautiful phrases…James is a poet, doing a poet's work…[He] is also a premier practitioner of the high-low style that became so popular in the nineteen-twenties, notably via Eliot and Pound, which is to say, in part, via Dante.”
Joseph Luzzi - New York Times Book Review
“Seeking to preserve Dante's 'infinitely variable rhythmic pulse,' James makes an inspired metrical choice…The greatest virtue of James's translation is his gift for infusing poetry in the least likely places…James's austere volume achieves something remarkable: It lets Dante's poetry shine in all its brilliance.”
Robert McCrum - Guardian
“An extraordinary verse-rendering—the fruit of many years' work—of Dante's The Divine Comedy…[James] has not only tackled this Everest of translation, but has scrambled to the summit in triumph.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781631061493
Publisher:
Race Point Publishing
Publication date:
09/15/2015
Series:
Knickerbocker Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) was an Italian poet, writer, and political thinker. After studying at the University of Bologna, he married and had four children. Dante was exiled from his hometown of Florence in 1302 due to his political leanings, finally settling in the city of Ravenna in 1307, when he began writing The Divine Comedy.

John Lotherington has written widely on Renaissance literature and history, including co-authored surveys of sixteenth-century Europe, Years of Renewal, and sixteenth-century England, The Tudor Years.  He is at present a Program Director at the Salzburg Global Seminar.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of all the books this literary form for a book is very difficult to maintain especially what is list in trabslation. Only two american novels ever made the best seller list in verse western star and one about civil war jackie kennedy was said to have memorized one for her present to groom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It doesn't read well. There are too many Anglo-French choices when more contemporary words could have worked better.
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