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The Inferno
The Inferno
Author: Dante Alighieri, John Ciardi (Translator)
In the first part of Dante's epic poem about the three realms of the Christian afterlife, a spiritual pilgrim is led by Virgil through the nine circles of Hell. With an introduction by Archibald T. MacAllister and a new afterword by Edward M. Cifeli.
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PBS Market Price: $7.09 or $3.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451531391
ISBN-10: 0451531396
Publication Date: 10/6/2009
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Signet Classics
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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buzzby avatar reviewed The Inferno on + 6062 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Translated in 1954 by John Ciardi, this edition published in 2001. It's enough to make you forswear the Three Beasts of Worldliness forever (expecially the "She-Wolf of Incontinence", that sounds real inconvenient).
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Helpful Score: 2
Dante's Inferno was a great glimpse into the people of the 1300's and how Dante viewed them. He racked and stacked them into the 9 rings of Hell, according to their sins. Dante took the realism of real events and people to make this book very interesting.
SuDongpo avatar reviewed The Inferno on + 37 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Longfellow's translation is difficult and widely available in the public domain. I prefer a "modern" translation myself.
johndough avatar reviewed The Inferno on
Helpful Score: 2
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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ZenLady avatar reviewed The Inferno on + 9 more book reviews
One of the great, all-time classics. I highly recommend this book, although it is not an easy read. If you have the time to commit, it's well worth it.


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