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The Inferno Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Dante Alighieri, Ciardi, John (Translator), Macallister, Archibald T. (Introduction by), Cifelli, Edward M. (Afterword)

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ISBN: 0451531396     ISBN-13: 9780451531391
Publisher: Signet Classic
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Published: October 2009
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Annotation: "So full was I of slumber at the moment
in which I had abandoned the true way . . .

"O Muses, O high genius, now assist me!
O memory, that didst write down what I saw,
. . . thy nobility shall be manifest!"

Although chiefly remembered for such works as "The Psalm of Life," "The Children's Hour" and "Hiawatha," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) spent many years as professor of modern languages at Bowdoin, and later at Harvard. In 1843, after several trips abroad, he began work on his translation of Dante.

Immensely popular, and commanding a larger audience than any other poet in America, Longfellow produced a body of work which skillfully rendered European culture into terms his New World readers readily appreciated -- with his translation of "The Inferno" one of his most important offerings.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Poetry | Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Dewey: 851/.1
LCCN: bl2009027335
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Signet Classics
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 6.75" H x 4.25" W x 1.00" (0.34 lbs) 296 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy’s greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered the art of lyric poetry at an early age. His first major work, La Vita Nuova (1292), was a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great love of his life. Dante’s political activism resulted in his being exiled from Florence, and he eventually settled in Ravenna. It is believed that The Divine Comedy—comprising three canticles, The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso—was written between 1308 and 1320. Dante Alighieri died in 1321.
John Ciardi was a distinguished poet and professor, having taught at Harvard and Rutgers universities, and a poetry editor of The Saturday Review. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1955 he won the Harriet Monroe Memorial Award, and in 1956, the Prix de Rome. He died in 1986.

 
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