Inferno by Dante Alighieri
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...I often felt I didn’t quite understand. I think this is one of those books that would benefit a lot from being read in class.
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An extraordinary new verse translation of Dante’s masterpiece, by poet, scholar, and lauded translator Anthony Esolen

Of the great poets, Dante is one of the most elusive and therefore one of the most difficult to adequately render into English verse. In the Inferno, Dante not only judges sin but strives to understand it so that the reader can as well. With this major new translation, Anthony Esolen has succeeded brilliantly in marrying sense with sound, poetry with meaning, capturing both the poem’s line-by-line vigor and its allegorically and philosophically exacting structure, yielding an Inferno that will be as popular with general readers as with teachers and students. For, as Dante insists, without a trace of sentimentality or intellectual compromise, even Hell is a work of divine art.

Esolen also provides a critical Introduction and endnotes, plus appendices containing Dante’s most important sources—from Virgil to Saint Thomas Aquinas and other Catholic theologians—that deftly illuminate the religious universe the poet inhabited.

About Dante Alighieri

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Jean Hollander is a poet, teacher, and director of the Writers' Conference at the College of New Jersey. Robert Hollander, her husband, has been teaching Dante's Divine Comedy to Princeton students for forty years, and is the author of a dozen books and more than seventy articles on Dante, Boccaccio, and other Italian authors. He has received many awards, including the gold medal of the city of Florence, in recognition of his work on Dante. They are at work on their translation of Paradiso, the conclusion of the Divine Comedy.
Published October 15, 2002 by Modern Library. 528 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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...I often felt I didn’t quite understand. I think this is one of those books that would benefit a lot from being read in class.

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