Inferno

Inferno

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by Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
     
 

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On a divine journey through the depths of Hell, Dante--with his guide, the poet Virgil--witnesses the fate of Earth’s sinners. Inferno, a 14th century poem and the first part of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, paints an allegorical underworld in which sinners are punished in accordance with their sins. Journey through the darkness andSee more details below

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On a divine journey through the depths of Hell, Dante--with his guide, the poet Virgil--witnesses the fate of Earth’s sinners. Inferno, a 14th century poem and the first part of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, paints an allegorical underworld in which sinners are punished in accordance with their sins. Journey through the darkness and meet famous historical and mythical figures and the fate that has become them, from Homer and Julius Caesar who dwell in Limbo with the unbaptized and the virtuous pagans, to Judas Iscariot and Satan himself, who dwell in the deepest circle of hell for the sin of treachery. Influential, even after seven centuries in print, readers of Inferno will appreciate the plethora of allusions both within and concerning this work, as well as the moral implications the story develops. Now available as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, Inferno is a must-have addition to the libraries of all classic literature lovers.

Lexile score: 1120L

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Editorial Reviews

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"Energetic, racy, rude and lyrical . . . buy this translation and spend a damn good season in hell."  —Independent

"A tour de force, alive, immediate, energetic and very moving."  —A.S. Byatt

"Excellent. Dante’s vision vibrates again in all its original colour. The effect is dazzling."  —Independent on Sunday

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:
9781607109976
Publisher:
Thunder Bay Press
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Series:
Word Cloud Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,094,924
Lexile:
1120L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB

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