The Divine Comedy (Critical)

Dante Alighieri (Author) Burton Raffel (Translator)

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Northwestern University Press
Publish Date
October 01, 2010
6.38 X 2.22 X 9.5 inches | 3.18 pounds
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About the Author

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) was born in Florence to a prominent family and trained

as a pharmacist. He fought in the Battle of Campaldino and was active in the internecine

Florentine politics of the time, which resulted in his exile. During this time, he

began writing Commedia, which he finished shortly before his death in Ravenna.

Burton Raffel is a translator, a poet, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Arts

and Humanities and emeritus professor of English at the University of Louisiana at

Lafayette. His most recent translations are the Modern Library edition of Geoffrey

Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and the Penguin edition of the Poema de mΓ­o Cid.

He has translated the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, most of Horace's poems, and Rabelais's

Gargantua and Pantagruel.


"Raffel's uncanny skill has captured Dante the poet and brought his world, his vision to life. This poem for the ages comes to us when we most need it, and ti comes to us as a living, breathing force of nature. The accomplishment is as breathtaking to contemplate as it is pleasurable to read. This is our time's Divine Comedy."

--Michael Hettich, author of Flock and Shadow: New and Selected Poems
"Burton Raffel's translation is both accurate and poetic, letting the English reader experience Dante's journey as never before. It is no less than magic--an act of sheer necromancy, bringing Dante back from the dead."

--Tita French Baumlin, Missouri State University