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The Inferno
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 »
ISBN-13: 9781593080518
ISBN-10: 1593080514
Publication Date: 9/1/2003
Pages: 302
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Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Longfellow's translation is difficult and widely available in the public domain. I prefer a "modern" translation myself.
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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.
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