Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) was born in Florence to a prominent family and trained
as a pharmacist. He fought in the Battle of Campaldino and was active in the internecine
Florentine politics of the time, which resulted in his exile. During this time, he
began writing Commedia, which he finished shortly before his death in Ravenna.
Burton Raffel is a translator, a poet, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Arts
and Humanities and emeritus professor of English at the University of Louisiana at
Lafayette. His most recent translations are the Modern Library edition of Geoffrey
Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and the Penguin edition of the Poema de mío Cid.
He has translated the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, most of Horace’s poems, and Rabelais’s
Gargantua and Pantagruel.
Gorgeous, gorgeous book. Beautiful cloth boards. Amazing illustrations. Not enough of a Dante scholar to comment intelligently on the particular translation, though it appears... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ann B Westlund
The book is the perfect size and came quickly. This translation of The Divine Comedy is definitely my favorite.Published 11 days ago by Hanna Alzoubi
I am thrilled to have found the old English version of this book that we used in my college class. It is a moving, outstanding work of literature. Read morePublished 13 days ago by scopegal
I wish I had bought a different translation for the Kindle. The notes to the Cantos are essential to understanding but this edition does not allow you to go to the notes and back... Read morePublished 16 days ago by I Kindler
Good book to read. I love the allegories that are applicable to today's world.Published 20 days ago by David Lee Hedrick
Best audiobook read ever! I was so enchanted while listening to this book. It felt like I was in the middle of a movie. I loved it so much!Published 1 month ago by Nicole