Bentley Loft Classics proudly presents book #34, The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
The Divine Comedy is composed of 14,233 lines that are divided into three canticas —Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise)—each consisting of 33 cantos.
The poem is written in the first person, and tells of Dante's journey through the three realms of the dead, lasting from the night before Good Friday to the Wednesday after Easter in the spring of 1300.
Considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and one of the greatest works of world literature.
Durante degli Alighieri, commonly known as Dante (IT: /'dante/; UK: /ˈdænti/; US: /ˈdɑːnteɪ/; 1265–1321), was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Commedia and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.
In Italy he is known as il Sommo Poeta ("the Supreme Poet") or just il Poeta. Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio are also known as "the three fountains" or "the three crowns". Dante is also called the "Father of the Italian language".