This handsome hardback presents Dante's epic work alongside William Blake's hauntingly beautiful illustrations in full-color. This unabridged edition is introduced by Anna Amari-Parke and makes a wonderful gift.The Divine Comedy is one of the greatest ever works of western literature. In this epic poem, Dante imagines the afterlife by representing his own travels through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. With Virgil as his guide, he travels to the Earthly Paradise. The tale's profound Christian message and detailed social and political commentary of fourteenth century Italy weave a rich tapestry of interpretation, meaning and symbolism. This edition is perfectly complemented by William Blake's magnificent illustrations. Together, they bring Dante's imagination to life for the modern reader.
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Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) was a poet and politician. Born into a noble Florentine family in a city torn apart by rival clans, Dante became embroiled in this sectarianism and was banished from the city in 1302. He wrote The Divine Comedy while in exile and this translation is by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the American lyric poet.William Blake (1757-1827) was a leading English poet and painter. Stifled by the confines of traditional education, he expressed himself through his art. Inspired by the painters of the Italian Renaissance, Blake turned his hand to illustrating John Milton's epic poem.