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“The English Dante of choice.” –Hugh Kenner
“Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths.” –Robert Fagles, Princeton University
“A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry.” –Henri Peyre, Yale University
Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy's greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered in the art of lyric poetry at an early age. His first major work is La Vita Nuova (1292) which is a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great love of his life. Married to Gemma Donatic, Dante's political activism resulted in his being exiled from Florence to eventually settle in Ravenna. It is believed that The Divine Comedy-comprised of three canticles, The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso-was written between 1308 and 1320. Dante Alighieri died in 1321.
I've read the Mandelbaum translation as well. Mandelbaum's phrasing is a bit more appealing to me, but his notes are lacking. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003 by pietrogiovanni
This translation of Inferno, one of the three pieces of the epic ensemble The Divine Comedy, is perhaps the best yet. Read morePublished on May 19 2003
The first book of The Divine Comedy (I write of the Inferno contained in the copyright 1980 Harvard Classics Edition) is a tale of the macabre and discovery. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2003 by Robert Shane Ellis
I didn't know a lot about Dante's Divine Comedy before I decided to read this. I paged through several different translations and decided on Mark Musa's work. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2002 by Amazon Customer
I love Dante so much I cannot find words to explain it. His epic (all three parts, not just Inferno) leaves one gasping for adjectives. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by Carlo
The Inferno is a timeless classic that continues to inspire young authors. I recently ran a cross a modern version of the book,, A Journey to hell and Back by Charlotte Johnson,... Read morePublished on March 9 2002
Even if you do not believe in the afterlife this book is well worth your time. Dante is simply a master poet and you will spend the rest of your life carrying the images of hell... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2001 by MJ23447