Inferno (Norton Critical Edition)

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton

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This Norton Critical Edition of Dante's masterpiece is based on Michael Palma's verse translation, which is acclaimed for its elegant rendering of Dante's triple-rhyme scheme into contemporary English. Richard Wilbur praises Palma's translation as "accurate as to sense, fully rhymed, and easy, as a rule, in its movement through the tercets. Readers will find it admirably clear and readable." The text is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations.Also included in this edition are an illuminating introduction by Giuseppe Mazzotta, a Translator's Note, The Plan of Dante's Hell, and six maps and illustrations."Criticism" provides twelve interpretations by, among others, John Freccero, Robert M. Durling, Alison Cornish, Teodolinda Barolini, Giuseppe Mazzotta, and Robert Hollander.A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included

Table of Contents

The Plan of Dante's Hell
Map: Italy, around 1300
The Text of Infernop. 1
Backgrounds and Contexts
Dante in His Own Voicep. 135
Love and the gracious heartp. 135
The tower of Babelp. 136
On knowledge; literature; governmentp. 138
On nobility and governmentp. 145
Sources and Influencesp. 149
From the Aeneidp. 149
From The Confessionsp. 154
I take great pleasure in the joyous season of springp. 156
Love returns always to a noble heartp. 158
A lady bids mep. 159
The One Holy, i.e. Churchp. 161
Dante's Prologue Scenep. 167
Tragedy or Romance? A Reading of the Paolo and Francesca Episode in Dante's Infernop. 180
A Pattern of Order: Inferno VII and Paradiso VIIp. 219
Medusa: The Letter and the Spiritp. 226
Canto X: Farinata and Cavalcantep. 240
The Poetic Application of the Structure of Hellp. 255
Speech and Language in Inferno XIIIp. 263
The Harvest of Reading: Inferno 20, 24, 26p. 285
Descendit ad Inferosp. 304
Transition: How Cantos Begin and Endp. 321
Canto XXVI - Ulysses: Persuasion versus Prophecyp. 326
Inferno XXXIII, 37-74: Ugolino's Importunityp. 334
Dante Alighieri: A Chronologyp. 343
Selected Bibliographyp. 345
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