Synopses & Reviews
The timeless classic of a journey through the horrors of hell
The action adventure blockbuster that's rocking the video game world
All hell is breaking loose. Electronic Arts' thrilling video game Dante's Inferno has exploded on the scene and this book provides unique insight into its creation. Go back to the source with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's celebrated translation of Dante's epic poem. Presented here in its entirety, the poem provides the original foundation and inspiration for the game. Then learn how the game's creators turned the Dante's notorious Nine Circles of Hell into the hottest game around.
In sixteen pages of stunning art, you'll discover how the monsters and characters — from King Minos and Cerberus to Lucifer himself — evolved from their classic images to the darkest creatures in damnation, and witness how the environments fashioned by the game's creators bring the tortured netherworld of absolute evil to hideous life. In addition, Executive Producer Jonathan Knight shares intriguing details about the process of adapting Dante's masterpiece into this epic videogame in a fascinating introduction written exclusively for this book.
Welcome to Hell — let the nightmares begin.
"As a crown to his literary life, Longfellow combines his exquisite scholarship and his poetic skill and experience in the translation of one of the great poems of the world." Harper's Monthly
"Longfellow, in rendering the substance of Dante's poem, has succeeded in giving also — so far as art and genius could give it — the spirit of Dante's poetry. North American Review
Electronic Arts' thrilling video game Dante's Inferno has exploded on the scene and this book provides unique insight into its creation. Presented here in its entirety, the poem provides the original foundation and inspiration for the game.
About the Author
Dante Alighieri is the famed author of The Divine Comedy
, largely considered the greatest literary work in the Italian vernacular.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in 1807 in Portland, Maine, and he became a professor of modern languages at Harvard. His most famous narrative poems include "The Song of Hiawatha," "Paul Revere's Ride," "The Village Blacksmith," and "The Wreck of the Hesperus." From his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne, Longfellow got a brief outline of a story from which he composed one of his most favorite poems, "Evangeline." He was given honorary degrees at the great universities of Oxford and Cambridge, invited to Windsor by Queen Victoria, and called by request upon the Prince of Wales. He was also chosen a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and of the Spanish Academy. He died on March 24, 1882.