All three volumes of Dante's "The Divine Comedy" are now available in striking new packages, translated by John Ciardi and each one featuring a new Afterword by Edward M. Cifelli. Revised reissue.,
Belonging in the company of the works of Homer and Virgil, "The Inferno" is a moving human drama, a journey through the torment of Hell, an expression of the Middle Ages, and a protest against the ways in which men have thwarted the divine plan.
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Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in Florence to a family of minor nobility. He entered into Florentine politics in 1295, but he and his party were forced into exile in a hostile political climate in 1301. Taking asylum in Ravenna late in life, Dante completed his Divine Commedia, considered one of the most important works of Western literature, before his death in 1321.
"It is Mr. Ciardi's great merit to be one of the first American translators to have...reproduced [The Inferno] successfully in English. A text with the clarity and sobriety of a first-rate prose translation which at the same time suggests in powerful and unmistakable ways the run and rhythm of the great original...A spectacular achievement."--Archibald MacLeish "Fresh and sharp...I think [Ciardi's] version of Dante will be in many respects the best we have seen."--John Crowe Ransom
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