The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Volume 2: Purgatorio (Durling Translation) available in Hardcover
Martinez' and Durling's notes are designed for the first-time reader of the poem but include a wealth of new material unavailable elsewhere. The extensive notes on each canto include innovative sections sketching the close relation to passagesoften similarly numbered cantosin the Inferno. Fifteen short essays explore special topics and controversial issues, including Dante's debts to Virgil and Ovid, his radical political views, his original conceptions of homosexuality, of moral growth, and of eschatology. As in the Inferno, there is an extensive bibliography and four useful indexes.
Robert Turner's illustrations include maps, diagrams of Purgatory and the cosmos, and line drawings of objects and places mentioned in the poem.
About the Author
Ronald L. Martinez is Professor of Italian at the University of Minnesota. Their works together include Dante's Inferno and Time and the Crystal: Studies in Dante's "Rime petrose."
Robert Turner has been a professional illustrator for more than 20 years. He works at the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe.