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A brilliant new translation of the centerpiece of The Divine Comedy

Purgatory, the mountain that straightens souls made crooked by the world, is Dantes single most conceptually brilliant creation. Anthony Esolens vivid and innovative new rendering unearths Dantes own voice with unprecedented vigor, accuracy, and a masterly use of English meter. It will set the standard for years to come.

Esolens Introduction incisively explores Dantes theological universe: the nature of Purgatory, how Dante came to invent it, and how Purgatory is finally about restoration, liberation, and friendship. Special features, from an appendix that reproduces key sources to extensive explanatory notes, make this a particularly illuminating edition for both expert and newcomer.

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In this brilliant new translation of the centerpiece of "The Divine Comedy, Purgatory" Esolen's vivid and innovative new rendering unearths Dante's own voice with unprecedented vigor, accuracy, and masterful use of English meter.

About the Author

Anthony Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College. He is a published poet who has written numerous scholarly articles on Renaissance and medieval literature. He is the author of Peppers, a book of poetry, and his translations include Lucretiuss De rerum natura and Torquato Tassos Gerusalemme liberata, along with Dantes Inferno, published by the Modern Library.

Dante Alighieri, the Italian poet whose masterpiece The Divine Comedy has exerted a profound influence on Western thought, was born in Florence in May 1265. He entered public life in 1295, later becoming one of the six governing magistrates of Florence. He repeatedly opposed the machinations of Pope Boniface VIII, who was attempting to place all of Tuscany under Papal control, and in 1301 was banished from Florence on trumped-up charges. Dante would never enter his native city again, spending his remaining years with a series of patrons in various courts in Italy. He completed The Divine Comedy shortly before his death in September 1321.

Table of Contents

Purgatory — Thomas Aquinas, from the Summa theologiae — Thomas Aquinas, from the Summa contra gentiles — Lyric poetry of the Middle Ages — Selections from the church fathers on purgatory — Songs and prayers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679642688
Editor:
Esolen, Anthony
Author:
Dore, Gustave
Editor:
Esolen, Anthony
Author:
Dante Alighieri
Author:
Dante
Author:
Esolen, Anthony
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Purgatory
Subject:
Purgatory in literature.
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Series Volume:
108-50
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 BandW ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.32x5.65x1.22 in. 1.32 lbs.

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