The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso (John Ciardi Translation)

The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso (John Ciardi Translation)

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by Dante Alighieri
     
 

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"Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them—there is no third."—T. S. Eliot

"Ciardi has given us…a credible, passionate persona of the poet, stripped of the customary gauds of rhetoric and false decoration, strong and noble in utterance."—Dudley Fitts

"A sensitive and perceptive translation…a spectacular achievement

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"Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them—there is no third."—T. S. Eliot

"Ciardi has given us…a credible, passionate persona of the poet, stripped of the customary gauds of rhetoric and false decoration, strong and noble in utterance."—Dudley Fitts

"A sensitive and perceptive translation…a spectacular achievement."—Archibald MacLeish

Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise—the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.

Now, for the first time, John Ciardi's brilliant and authoritative translations of Dante's three soaring canticles—The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso—have been gathered together in a single volume. Crystallizing the power and beauty inherent in the great poet's immortal conception of the aspiring soul, The Divine Comedy is a dazzling work of sublime truth and mystical intensity.

"I think [Ciardi's] version of Dante will be in many respects the best we have seen."—John Crowe Ransom

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“The English Dante of choice.” –Hugh Kenner

“Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths.” –Robert Fagles, Princeton University

“A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry.” –Henri Peyre, Yale University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451208637
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/27/2003
Pages:
928
Sales rank:
77,679
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.99(h) x 1.46(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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