The Inferno

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Price
$5.95  $5.53
Publisher
Signet Book
Publish Date
Pages
320
Dimensions
4.2 X 6.7 X 0.9 inches | 0.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Mass Market Paperbound
EAN/UPC
9780451531391

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About the Author

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy's greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered the art of lyric poetry at an early age. His first major work, La Vita Nuova (1292), was a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great love of his life. Dante's political activism resulted in his being exiled from Florence, and he eventually settled in Ravenna. It is believed that The Divine Comedy--comprising three canticles, The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso--was written between 1308 and 1320. Dante Alighieri died in 1321.

Reviews

"It is Mr. Ciardi's great merit to be one of the first American translators to have...reproduced [The Inferno] successfully in English. A text with the clarity and sobriety of a first-rate prose translation which at the same time suggests in powerful and unmistakable ways the run and rhythm of the great original...A spectacular achievement."--Archibald MacLeish

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