- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press (May 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226702685
- ISBN-13: 978-0226702681
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Inferno
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"Drawing on Dante dictionaries, early commentaries, and many of the poet's chief sources, Guy Raffa provides lucid, concise information on all the major persons, deities, and creatures encountered by Dante in the course of his journey. This book is ideally suited for first-time readers of the poem, who will be able to consult Danteworlds for a wealth of particulars. It is an intelligently conceived, very handy guide which will appeal to a broad audience." - Deborah Parker, University of Virginia"
About the Author
Guy P. Raffa is associate professor of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin.
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While this guide is helpful in providing a survey of the work, if one is going to study Dante in-depth, it really is helpful to get good historical background information as well. For this, you will have to look elsewhere. The guide provides a timeliine of major events in Dante's life, without comment, nothing else. A chapter on his life, politics in Florence, and the 13th century would provide context, although this may be more information than the book's intended audience really requires. Those who want more may be interested in the Cambridge Companion to Dante.
The Kindle edition Table of Contents hyperlinks to the chapters, but not to sections within the chapters.