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May 27, 2003
| ISBN 9780451208637
May 27, 2003
| ISBN 9781101117996
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May 27, 2003 | ISBN 9780451208637
May 27, 2003 | ISBN 9781101117996
The authoritative translations of The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso—together in one volume.Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, Dante Alighieri’s poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise—the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.Now, for the first time, John Ciardi’s brilliant and authoritative translations of Dante’s three soaring canticles—The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso—have been gathered together in a single volume. Crystallizing the power and beauty inherent in the great poet’s immortal conception of the aspiring soul, The Divine Comedy is a dazzling work of sublime truth and mystical intensity.
Dante, or Durante deli Alighieri, was born in Florence, Italy, circa 1265. His family was connected with the Guelph political alliance, supporters of the Papacy. His mother died before Dante’s tenth birthday. Dante himself was betrothed to Gemma di Manetto… More about Dante Alighieri
“Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them—there is no third.”—T.S. Eliot“Ciardi has given us…a credible, passionate persona of the poet, stripped of the customary gauds of rhetoric and false decoration, strong and noble in utterance.”—Dudley Fitts “A sensitive and perceptive translation…a spectacular achievement.”—Archibald MacLeish“I think [Ciardi’s] version of Dante will be in many respects the best we have seen.”—John Crowe Ransom
The Divine ComedyHow to Read DanteTranslator’s NoteThe InfernoIntroductionCantos
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