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Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, Volume 1 and 2

Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, Volume 1 and 2

Inferno: Italian Text with Verse Translation and Inferno: Notes and Commentary

by Dante Alighieri
Publication Date: 22/04/1997
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"Musa's commentary is thorough and clear . . . recommended." -Library Journal

"Among currently available parallel-text editions, this one certainly has the most elaborate and helpful annotation . . ." -Choice

The publication of the first two volumes of the six-volume Divine Comedy brings readers Mark Musa's vivid verse translation of the Inferno. Musa has revised his earlier version, long cited as the most accessible and reliable of the English translations. The dual-language first volume presents Musa's translation with facing Italian text, and compiled in the second volume is his lifetime study of the Inferno, where Musa examines and discusses the critical commentary of other Dante scholars and presents his own ideas and interpretations.
Literary studies: general
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English, Italian
Indiana University Press
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United States
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Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence Italy in 1265. In 1301, a political dispute lead to his exile from Florence.

Over the next few years he made his home in Verona, Lucca and other cities. By 1310 he had written Inferno and Purgatorio, the first two books of his Divine Comedy.

He wrote the third and concluding book, Paradiso, in the years after he found sanctuary in Ravenna in 1318.

An allegorical account of his wanderings in a spiritual wilderness and eventual salvation under the guidance of his beloved Beatrice, The Divine Comedy is recognised as Dante's masterwork and a landmark of world literature. He died in exile in 1321 and was buried in Ravenna.

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