The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Paperback | February 26, 2013

byRobin Dante AlighieriTranslated byRobin KirkpatrickIntroduction byRobin Kirkpatrick

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A stunning 3-in-1 deluxe 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 for the first time in a one-volume edition.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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A stunning 3-in-1 deluxe 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. Ex...

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.Eric Drook...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 8.4 × 5.7 × 1.9 inPublished:February 26, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great #plumreview The fantastic Italian classic poem that is translated quite well. It's always hard with poetry having to make the choice between meaning and flow, but this does a pretty good job.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful cover, decent translation I needed a copy of The Divine Comedy for a class and decided to get one with a nice cover, to keep for my personal collection. The translation is good, but instead of footnotes this book features endnotes, with all notes at the end of the entire book, which can be inconvenient. Also, the original Italian is not included, which is unfortunate.
Date published: 2016-11-20

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"The perfect balance of tightness and colloquialism . . . Likely to be the best modern version of Dante." — Bernard O'Donoghue"Kirkpatrick brings a more nuanced sense of the Italian and a more mediated appreciation of the poem's construction than nearly all of his competitors." — The Times (London)"We gain much from Kirkpatrick's fidelity to syntax and nuance. . . . His introduction . . . tells you, very readable indeed, pretty much all you need for a heightened appreciation of the work." — The Guardian (London)