The Inferno

The Inferno

Book - 2002
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Translated by Anthony Esolen
Illustrations by Gustave Dor#65533;

A groundbreaking bilingual edition of Dante's masterpiece that includes a substantive Introduction, extensive notes, and appendixes that reproduce Dante's key sources and influences.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002
Edition: 2002 Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780812970067
0812970063
9780679642619
0679642617
Branch Call Number: 851.1 D23id 2002
Characteristics: xxv, 490 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Doré, Gustave 1832-1883

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AaronAardvark1940
Aug 18, 2017

This is a classic, and I do not feel qualified to rate the book.
The translation I read is a much older version than those offered by the Library (Dorothy Sayers, first published in 1949). Her work reflects her UK background , so some of the references are unfamiliar to American audiences. Even some of those references are quite dated. Sayers' work includes a lengthy introduction, a comprehensive glossary, and many notes or comments following each Canto. I found these indispensable in understanding this first portion of the Divine Comedy, and highly recommend that any reader unfamiliar with medieval matters obtain an edition that offers this sort of help.

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