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Dantes inferno
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321.
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Inferno. English
Salem edition.

First edition.
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Salem, MA : Salem House Press, [2014]
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xxiii, 184 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The first part of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso. It is an allegory telling of the journey of Dante through Hell, guided by the Roman poet Virgil. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth. Allegorically, the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul towards God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin."
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PQ4315.2 .L65 2013 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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What is more creepy and Gothic than Salem? Psychics, Ghosts, Halloween, Witches, and a maze of tunnels skirting the edges of the Inferno all abound within this quaint little town. Did you know that the Transcendentalist formed here and within Concord? Out of that movement the Dante Club was formed. The two leading members, Longfellow and James Russell Lowell would descend to Salem to be entertained by family and friends. Lowell even came to town to lecture on Dante's Inferno at the Salem Lyceum which would be engulfed in flames in time. Upon the completion of Longfellow's translation of the Inferno his publisher asked if they should have illustrations for his folio. Longfellow answered it was beautiful enough as it is and that there would be little chance to find any illustrations of quality for the story. Little did they know that Dore had just finished his folio of illustration for the Inferno the year previous in France. It is only through Dore's illustrations does our younger generation have any knowledge of Dante and his Inferno. His images have adorned T-shirts, tattoos, and record albums. In our edition we present to you the complete folio of Dore's illustrations returned to their proper placement within the text.So we hope you enjoy this classic merger of the most famous translation of Dante with the greatest illustrations of all time!

Author Notes

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 which he was a member. After extensive travels, he stayed in Ravenna in 1319, completing The Divine Comedy there, until his death in 1321.

(Bowker Author Biography)