The Divine Comedy Selected Cantos: A Dual-Language Book

Begun about 1307 and completed in 1321, Dante's sublime poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is one of the world's great works of literature. It comprises an extraordinarily vivid and imaginative account of the poet's allegorical journey through the afterlife. Complementing its depiction of the world beyond, the poem's abundant allusions to earthly history and politics, vivid portrayals of Dante's friends and enemies, and many references to contemporary Italian affairs make it an intensely human, realistic portrait of life on earth. 

This dual-language edition includes the complete texts of 33 of the original 100 cantos or "songs"; each omitted canto is summarized in its proper place to provide continuity. The selection of cantos and the excellent line-for-line translations from Italian into English on facing pages are by Stanley Appelbaum, who also has provided an informative Introduction and useful notes. 

Original Dover (2000) publication of the unabridged Italian text of 33 cantos, reprinted from a standard edition.

  • Author: Dante Alighieri
  • Editor: Stanley Appelbaum
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 8.5 in H | 5.5 in W
  • On sale date: August 16, 2000
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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