The Divine Comedy - Wordsworth Classics of World Literature (Paperback)
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The Divine Comedy - Wordsworth Classics of World Literature (Paperback)

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Translated by H. F. Cary 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 his 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.

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
ISBN: 9781840221664

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Paperback edition
9th June 2008
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“Definate must”

Really nicely made book, loads of original pictures, great artwork, classic piece of literature. Very pleased with this purchase and would highly recommend. Translated well into english

Leather / fine binding edition
26th October 2013
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“Thoroughly recommended”

I bought this as a gift and the recipient was delighted. The actual book is absolutely beautiful, with some wonderful illustrations. Obviously the literature speaks for itself - a real classic. Highly recommended!

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