Purgatory: A New Translation by Anthony Esolen

Purgatory: A New Translation by Anthony Esolen

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Purgatory: A New Translation by Anthony Esolen by Dante Alighieri, Gustave Dore

A new translation by Anthony Esolen
Illustrations by Gustave Doré
 
Written in the fourteenth century by Italian poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy is arguably the greatest epic poem of all time—presenting Dante’s brilliant vision of the three realms of Christian afterlife: Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. In this second and perhaps most imaginative part of his masterwork, Dante struggles up the terraces of Mount Purgatory, still guided by Virgil, in a continuation of his difficult ascent to purity. Anthony Esolen’s acclaimed translation of Inferno, Princeton professor James Richardson said, “follows Dante through all his spectacular range, commanding where he is commanding, wrestling, as he does, with the density and darkness in language and in the soul. It is living writing.” This edition of Purgatory includes an appendix of key sources and extensive endnotes—an invaluable guide for both general readers and students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812971255
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/09/2004
Series: Modern Library Classics Series
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 207,519
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.98(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Anthony Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College. He is the author of Peppers, a book of poetry, and his translations include Lucretius’s De rerum natura and Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata, along with Dante’s Inferno and Paradise, published by the Modern Library.

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