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The Inferno (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Hardcover]

By Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Translator) & Peter Bondanella (Introduction by)
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Pages   302
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 6, 2005
Publisher   Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN  1593083319  
EAN  9781593083311  

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"The Inferno," by Dante Alighieri, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics": New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences-biographical, historical, and literary-to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works."" "The Inferno" remains literature's most hallowed and graphic vision of Hell. Dante plunges readers into this unforgettable world with a deceptively simple-and now legendary-tercet:
Midway upon the journey of our lifeFor the straightforward pathway had been lost.
With these words, Dante plunges readers into the unforgettable world of the Inferno-one 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, wherehe 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 world-the 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 Dante's literary genius to a broad American audience. "Opening the book we stand face to face with the poet," wrote William Dean Howells of Longfellow's 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, Dante's 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 Dore. 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.

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More About Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow & Peter Bondanella

Dante Alighieri Durante degli Alighieri, simply referred to as Dante (1265–1321), was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called La Comedia and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

In Italy he is known as il Sommo Poeta ("the Supreme Poet") or just il Poeta. He, Petrarch and Boccaccio are also known as "the three fountains" or "the three crowns". Dante is also called the "Father of the Italian language".

He entered into Florentine politics in 1295, but he and his party were forced into exile in a hostile political climate in 1301. Taking asylum in Ravenna late in life, Dante completed his Divine Commedia, considered one of the most important works of Western literature, before his death in 1321.

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 and died in 1321.

Dante Alighieri has published or released items in the following series...
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  2. Bantam Classics
  3. Barnes & Noble Classics
  4. Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy
  5. Dante's Divine Comedy
  6. Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri
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  8. Dover Thrift Editions
  9. Enriched Classics
  10. Galaxy Books
  11. Indiana Masterpiece Editions
  12. Inferno (Hell)
  13. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  14. New Verse Translation by Michael Palma
  15. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  16. Penguin Classics
  17. Signet Classics
  18. Word Cloud Classics

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Great Hardcover of a Classic  Mar 11, 2008
There's not much to say. It's a great hardcover edition of a must-read for just about everyone out there.

It would be nice to have a single hardcover edition of the entire trilogy, but this will suffice and is definitely the only true "must-read" of the trio.
The best version of Inferno for the money  Dec 28, 2006
As I would never attempt to actually review Dante's Inferno, I am only going to review this version in comparison to others.

Of all of the different translations, the translation by Longfellow (which this is) seems to be more accessible then the tedious Mandelbaum version. That's not to say that it in any way dumbed down, it is simply more readable then the other translations that I have sat down in front of.

The illustrations by Gustave Dore are the standard and should never be replaced by anything else. This book has large illustrations of all of his original work seamlessly wrapped around a very readable font.

The preface, footnotes, and endnotes are plentiful and easily flipped to when needed.

The Inferno is a standard for any home good library, and this is an excellent hardcover copy to have for the price.

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