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Dante's Divine Comedy: Hell, Purgatory, Paradise

Alighieri, Dante

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ISBN 10: 0785821201 / ISBN 13: 9780785821205
Published by Chartwell Books, Edison (NJ), 2006
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Matte Pictorial Board Covers; covers are clean and bright with very minor rubbing at front corners and a little more rubbing at lower right rear edge; White Endpapers; book interior is clean, tight and bright; 4to; 383 pagesl illustrate by Gustave Doré; translation by Henry W. Longfellow ; dustjacket is protected by a mylar wrapper and is clean and exceptionally bright with no noted defects. Bookseller Inventory # 20072270

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Title: Dante's Divine Comedy: Hell, Purgatory, ...

Publisher: Chartwell Books, Edison (NJ)

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition Thus

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Long narrative poem originally titled Commedia (about 1555 printed as La divina commedia) written about 1310-14 by Dante. The work is divided into three major sections--Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso--which trace the journey of a man from darkness and error to the revelation of the divine light, culminating in the beatific vision of God. It is usually held to be one of the world's greatest works of literature. The plot of The Divine Comedy is simple: a man is miraculously enabled to visit the souls in Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. He has two guides: Virgil, who leads him through the Inferno and Purgatorio, and Beatrice, who introduces him to Paradiso. Through these fictional encounters taking place from Good Friday evening in 1300 through Easter Sunday and slightly beyond, Dante the character learns of the exile that is awaiting him (an actual exile that had already occurred at the time of writing). This device allowed Dante not only to create a story out of his exile but also to explain how he came to cope with personal calamity and to offer suggestions for the resolution of Italy's troubles as well.

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Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) was an Italian poet, writer, and political thinker. After studying at the University of Bologna, he married and had four children. Dante was exiled from his hometown of Florence in 1302 due to his political leanings, finally settling in the city of Ravenna in 1307, when he began writing The Divine Comedy.

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