Lectura Dantis: Inferno: A Canto-by-Canto Commentary / Edition 1

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The California Lectura Dantis is the long-awaited companion to the three-volume verse translation by Allen Mandelbaum of Dante's Divine Comedy. Mandelbaum's translation, with facing original text and with illustrations by Barry Moser, has been praised by Robert Fagles as "exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths," and by the late James Merrill as "lucid and strong . . . with rich orchestration . . . overall sweep and felicity . . . and countless free, brilliant, utterly Dantesque strokes." Charles Simic called the work "a miracle. A lesson in the art of translation and a model (an encyclopedia) for poets. The full range and richness of American English is displayed as perhaps never before." This collection of commentaries on the first part of the Comedy consists of commissioned essays, one for each canto, by a distinguished group of international scholar-critics. Readers of Dante will find this Inferno volume an enlightening and indispensable guide, the kind of lucid commentary that is truly adapted to the general reader as well as the student and scholar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520212701
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Series: California Lectura Dantis Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 490
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Oldcorn, Professor and Chair of Italian Studies at Brown University, and Charles Ross, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University, have joined with National Book Award winner Allen Mandelbaum, who is W.R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University and Professor of the History of Literary Criticism at the University of Turin, as General Editors of the California Lectura Dantis.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Dante in His Age 1
Canto I The Hard Begin 9
Canto II Dante's Authority 25
Canto III The Gate of Hell 36
Canto IV A Melancholy Elysium 50
Canto V The Fierce Dove 63
Canto VI Florence, Ciacco, and the Gluttons 84
Canto VII The Weal of Fortune 101
Canto VIII Fifth Circle: Wrathful and Sullen 111
Canto IX The Harrowing of Dante from Upper Hell 123
Canto X Farinata and Cavalcante 136
Canto XI Malice and Mad Bestiality 150
Canto XII The Violent against Their Neighbors 165
Canto XIII The Violent against Themselves 178
Canto XIV Capaneus and the Old Man of Crete 185
Canto XV The Canto of Brunetto Latini 197
Canto XVI From Other Sodomites to Fraud 213
Canto XVII Geryon's Downward Flight; the Usurers 225
Canto XVIII Introduction to Malebolge 238
Canto XIX Simoniacs 262
Canto XX True and False See-ers 275
Canto XXI Controversial Comedy 287
Canto XXII Poets as Scoundrels 297
Canto XXIII The Painted People 306
Canto XXIV Thieves and Metamorphoses 316
Canto XXV The Perverse Image 328
Canto XXVI Ulysses: Persuasion versus Prophecy 348
Canto XXVII False Counselors: Guido da Montefeltro 357
Canto XXVIII Scandal and Schism 368
Canto XXIX Such Outlandish Wounds 378
Canto XXX Dante among the Falsifiers 392
Canto XXXI The Giants: Majesty and Terror 406
Canto XXXII Amphion and the Poetics of Retaliation 413
Canto XXXIII Count Ugolino and Others 424
Canto XXXIV Lucifer 432
Bibliographical Note and Suggestions for Further Reading 441
Contributors 449
Index 453
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