The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso

Paperback | March 25, 2014

byDante AlighieriIntroduction byRobin KirkpatrickTranslated byRobin Kirkpatrick

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A stunning 3-in-1 edition of one of the great works of Western literature

An epic masterpiece and a foundational work of the Western canon, The Divine Comedy describes Dante's descent into Hell with Virgil as his guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and reunion with his dead love, Beatrice; and, finally, his arrival in Heaven. Examining questions of faith, desire, and enlightenment and furnished with semiautobiographical details, Dante's poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human redemption. This acclaimed blank verse translation is published here in a one-volume edition in Penguin Classics' black-spine dress.

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A stunning 3-in-1 edition of one of the great works of Western literatureAn epic masterpiece and a foundational work of the Western canon, The Divine Comedy describes Dante's descent into Hell with Virgil as his guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and reunion with his dead love, Beatrice; and, finally, his arrival in Heaven. Examining...

Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) was born in Florence and is considered Italy's greatest poet. It is believed that The Divine Comedy was written between 1308 and 1320. Robin Kirkpatrick is a professor of Italian and English literature at the University of Cambridge and has written a number of books on Dante and on the Renaissance.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 7.77 × 5.06 × 1.3 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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“The English Dante of choice.” –Hugh Kenner

“Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths.” –Robert Fagles, Princeton University

“A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry.” –Henri Peyre, Yale University