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Dante

Dante's Divine Comedy

Hell, Purgatory, Paradise

Dante's Divine Comedy( )
Author: Dante Alighieri,
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Illustrator: Doré, Gustave
ISBN:978-1-84858-878-3
Publication Date:Sep 2013
Publisher:Arcturus Publishing
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $24.95
Book Description:

The Divine Comedy remains one of the pillars upon which the European literary tradition has been built. Dante's allegorical analysis of the mystery of divine revelation to the unsuspecting human soul is beautifully conveyed as a subtle journey of wonder and self-discovery, made personal by characters drawn from his own lineage, contemporary Florentine life, mythology, and the Bible. One of the most accessible classics, this clothbound edition features delicately engraved illustrations...
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Book Details
Pages:384
Detailed Subjects: Poetry / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):7.5 x 9.5 x 1.5 Inches
Book Weight:2.63 Pounds
Author Biography
Dante Alighieri (Author)
Born Dante Alighieri in the spring of 1265 in Florence, Italy, he was known familiarly as Dante. His family was noble, but not wealthy, and Dante received the education accorded to gentlemen, studying poetry, philosophy, and theology.

His first major work was Il Vita Nuova, The New Life. This brief collection of 31 poems, held together by a narrative sequence, celebrates the virtue and honor of Beatrice, Dante's ideal of beauty and purity. Beatrice was modeled after Bice di Folco Portinari, a beautiful woman Dante had met when he was nine years old and had worshipped from afar in spite of his own arranged marriage to Gemma Donati. Il Vita Nuova has a secure place in literary history: its vernacular language and mix of poetry with prose were new; and it serves as an introduction to Dante's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, in which Beatrice figures prominently.

The Divine Comedy is Dante's vision of the afterlife, broken into a trilogy of the Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. Dante is given a guided tour of hell and purgatory by Virgil, the pagan Roman poet whom Dante greatly admired and imitated, and of heaven by Beatrice. The Inferno shows the souls who have been condemned to eternal torment, and included here are not only mythical and historical evil-doers, but Dante's enemies. The Purgatory reveals how souls who are not irreversibly sinful learn to be good through a spiritual purification. And The Paradise depicts further development of the just as they approach God. The Divine Comedy has been influential from Dante's day into modern times. The poem has endured not just because of its beauty and significance, but also because of its richness and piety as well as its occasionally humorous and vulgar treatment of the afterlife.

In addition to his writing, Dante was active in politics. In 1302, after two years as a priore, or governor of Florence, he was exiled because of his support for the white guelfi, a moderate political party of wh

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