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The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy (Paperback)

By Alighieri, Dante
Introduction by Cary, H. F.
Series edited by Griffith, Tom

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This book is translated by H. F. Cary. It comes with an introduction by Claire Honess. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is one of the most important and innovative figures of the European Middle Ages. Writing his Comedy (the epithet Divine was added by later admirers) in exile from hi...s native Florence, he aimed to address a world gone astray both morally and politically. At the same time, he sought to push back the restrictive rules which traditionally governed writing in the Italian vernacular, to produce a radically new and all-encompassing work. The Comedy tells of the journey of a character who is at one and the same time both Dante himself and Everyman through the three realms of the Christian afterlife: Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. He presents a vision of the afterlife which is strikingly original in its conception, with a complex architecture and a coherent structure. On this journey Dante's protagonist - and his reader - meet characters who are variously noble, grotesque, beguiling, fearful, ridiculous, admirable, horrific and tender, and through them he is shown the consequences of sin, repentance and virtue, as he learns to avoid Hell and, through cleansing in Purgatory, to taste the joys of Heaven.
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ISBN 9781840221664
Released NZ 20 Apr 2009
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Format Paperback
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Series Wordsworth Classics of World Literature
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ISBN-13 9781840221664
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Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Imprint Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Released 20 Apr 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Alighieri, Dante
Introduction by Cary, H. F.
Series edited by Griffith, Tom
Series Wordsworth Classics of World Literature
Category Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Number of Pages 592
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 851.1
Weight 366g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade