The Divine Comedy
By (author) Dante Alighieri
Translated by C. H. Sisson
Volume editor David H. Higgins
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Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Book DescriptionDescribed variously as the greatest poem of the European Middle Ages and, because of the author's evangelical purpose, the 'fifth Gospel', the Divine Comedy is central to the culture of the west. The poem is a spiritual autobiography in the form of a journey - the poet travels from the dark circles of the Inferno, up the mountain of Purgatory, where Virgil, his guide leaves him to encounter Beatrice in the Earthly Paradise. Dante conceived the poem as the new epic of Christendom, and he creates a world in which reason and faith have transformed moral and social chaos into order. Charles Sisson's blank verse translation is remarkable for its lucidity and vigour, and the Introduction, diagrams, maps, and notes by David Higgins provide the reader with invaluable guidance. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199535644
(196mm x 128mm x 48mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dante Alighieri
New Life, Paperback (December 2016)
A book about Dante's youth, an account of his love for Beatrice, the girl who was to become his lifelong muse, and of her tragic early death. It is also an allegory of the soul's crisis and growth, combining prose and poetry, narrative and meditation, dreams and songs and prayers.
Purgatory, Paperback (October 2016)
Purgatory is presented here in a new verse translation by acclaimed poet and prize-winning translator J.G. Nichols. Also included are the original Italian text, extensive notes and a critical apparatus focusing on Dante's life and works.
Inferno, Paperback (September 2016)
This definitive edition of Dante's masterpiece - translated by the great American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - features stunning engravings by Gustave Dore, an eminent 19th-century illustrator of classics.
Divine Comedy, Hardback (August 2016)» View all books by Dante Alighieri
A landmark of world literature, The Divine Comedy tells of the poet Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed by his love for the heavenly Beatrice, he learns the meaning of evil, sin, damnation and forgiveness through a series of unforgettable encounters.
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Author Biography - Dante Alighieri
Charles H. Sisson is a well-known poet and translator, and editor of Poetry Nation Review. David Higgins is Head of Italian Studies at the University of Bristol, and is the author of Dante and the Bible (1992).
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