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The Divine Comedy Volume 1: The Inferno,9780451628046

The Divine Comedy Volume 1: The Inferno

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Edition:
Revised
ISBN13:

9780451628046

ISBN10:
0451628047
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/1/1954
Publisher(s):
Signet
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Summary

This single volume, blank verse translation of The Divine Comedy includes an introduction, maps of Dante's Italy, Hell, Purgatory, Geocentric Universe, and political panorama of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century, diagrams and notes providing the reader with invaluable guidance.Described as the "fifth gospel" because of its evangelical purpose, this spiritual autobiography creates a world in which reason and faith have transformed moral and social chaos into order. It is one of the most important works in the literature of Western Europe and is considered the greatest poemof the European Middle Ages.

Author Biography

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.
John Ciardi was a distinguished poet and professor, having taught at Harvard and Rutgers universities, and a poetry editor of The Saturday Review. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1955 he won the Harriet Monroe Memorial Award, and in 1956, the Prix de Rome. He died in 1986.

Table of Contents

Dante's Geocentric Universep. 6
Introductionp. 7
The Hereford 'Mappa Mundi' c.1290p. 25
Political panorama of thirteenth and early fourteenth century in terms of Guelf and Ghibelline alignmentsp. 26
Plan of the Divine Comedyp. 28
Acknowledgementsp. 34
On Translating Dantep. 35
A Map of Dante's Italy c.1300p. 44
The Divine Comedy
Infernop. 45
Dante's Hellp. 46
Purgatoriop. 197
Dante's Mount Purgatoryp. 198
Paradisop. 349
Commentary and Notesp. 501
Selected Bibliographyp. 737
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