The Inferno Author:Gustave Dore (Illustrator), Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Translator) Dante's masterpiece of medieval literature contains many levels of meaning, including the literal (Dante's trip through hell, purgatory, and paradise); the allegorical (the progression of the soul toward goodness); and the moral (what it takes to lead a good life). Dante's great love, Beatrice, is seen in the poem as the personificat... more »ion of love and goodness.« less
The last time I read "The Inferno" was back in 1971 as an undergrad in English Lit, but I did recall liking it and I wasn't disappointed the second time around. This editon has a brief biography of Dante, a decent introduction and lots of "endnotes" (ie footnotes) to the text. Longfellow's translation is quite readable, although I can't say how it compares to more modern translations; however the fact that it was still used in 2003 when this version was published must be a testimony to its' durability.