Synopses & Reviews
, by Dante Alighieri
, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics
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All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics
pulls together a constellation of influencesbiographical, historical, and literaryto enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. The Inferno
remains literatures most hallowed and graphic vision of Hell. Dante plunges readers into this unforgettable world with a deceptively simpleand now legendarytercet:
Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
With these words, Dante plunges readers into the unforgettable world of the Infernoone of the most graphic visions of Hell ever created. In this first part of the epic The Divine Comedy, Dante is led by the poet Virgil down into the nine circles of Hell, where he travels through nightmare landscapes of fetid cesspools, viper pits, frozen lakes, and boiling rivers of blood and witnesses sinners being beaten, burned, eaten, defecated upon, and torn to pieces by demons. Along the way he meets the most fascinating characters known to the classical and medieval worldthe silver-tongued Ulysses, lustful Francesca da Rimini, the heretical Farinata degli Uberti, and scores of other intriguing and notorious figures.
This edition of the Inferno revives the famous Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation, which first introduced Dantes literary genius to a broad American audience. Opening the book we stand face to face with the poet,” wrote William Dean Howells of Longfellows Dante, and when his voice ceases we may marvel if he has not sung to us in his own Tuscan.” Lyrically graceful and brimming with startlingly vivid images, Dantes Inferno is a perpetually engrossing classic that ranks with the greatest works of Homer and Shakespeare.
Features a map of Hell and illustrations by Gustave Doré.
Peter Bondanella is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian at Indiana University and a past president of the American Association for Italian Studies. His publications include a number of translations of Italian classics, books on Italian Renaissance literature and Italian cinema, and a dictionary of Italian literature.
"All hope abandon, ye who enter in!" The horrors of Hell have never sounded so wretched as when Dante sung them in his "Inferno. In his verses, the rings of Hell comprise a vast factory dedicated to subjecting the multitude of condemned souls to every torment and torture imaginable. The Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Dante's "Inferno includes the broady illustrations by Gustave Dore, as well as a map depicting Hell's labrynthine geography.
"All hope abandon, ye who enter in!" The horrors of Hell have never sounded so wretched as when Dante sung them in his "Inferno. In his verses, the rings of Hell comprise a vast factory dedicated to subjecting the multitude of condemned souls to every torment and torture imaginable. The Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Dante's "Inferno includes the broody illustrations by Gustave Dore, as well as a map depicting Hell's labrynthine geography.
Peter Bondanella is the Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian at Indiana University and a past President of the American Association for Italian Studies.
Includes Dore's Illustrations