Purgatorio

ISBN-10: 0385497008
ISBN-13: 9780385497008
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Description: Following the Hollanders' widely acclaimed English rendering of Inferno, PURGATORIO, the second canticle in Dante's immortalDIVINE COMEDY, enters English in the best-the clearest, most accurate, most readable-translation in decades, with  More...

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List price: $21.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 848
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Following the Hollanders' widely acclaimed English rendering of Inferno, PURGATORIO, the second canticle in Dante's immortalDIVINE COMEDY, enters English in the best-the clearest, most accurate, most readable-translation in decades, with unsurpassedscholarship in its introduction and with extensive notes.PURGATORIO relates in thirty-three cantos Dante's progress, still with Virgil as his guide, up the mountains of purgatory, where soulsexpiate their sins before they enter heaven. As hell has circles, purgatory has terraces, one above the other, each representing one of theseven mortal sins. In each, an appropriate type of penance is practiced, and the spirit ascending the mountain must cleanse itself of each sinof which it is guilty.Jean and Robert Hollander's verse translation with facing-page Italian offers the dual virtues of maximum fidelity to Dante's text with thepoetic feeling necessary to give the English reader a sense of the work's poetic greatness in Italian. And since Robert Hollander is a masterteacher whose achievements as a Dante scholar are unsurpassed in the English-speaking world, the introduction and commentaries thataccompany each canto offer superb guidance in essential matters of comprehension and interpretation.In addition to its inherent excellence, this transla*'on is also the text of the Princeton Dante Project website (www.princeton.edu/dante), anambitious project that offers a multimedia version of the DIVINE COMEDY and links to other Dante websites. On every count, thisedition of PURGATORIO is the literary and scholarly translation likely to be the one that survives for the greatest period in the newmillennium.

Robert Hollander is the author of a dozen monographs, editions, and translations and some six dozen articles on Dante, Boccaccio, and other writers. A member of Princeton's Department of Romance Languages and the former chairman of its Department of Comparative Literature, he has received the Gold Medal of the city of Florence in recognition of his Dante scholarship.

Jean Hollander, poet, teacher, and director of the Writers Conference at the College of New Jersey.

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.

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