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Robert Hollander, a renowned scholar and master teacher of Dante, and Jean Hollander, an accomplished poet, have written a beautifully accurate and clear verse translation of the first part of Dante’s epic poem, The Divine Comedy. Featuring the original Italian opposite the translation, this edition also offers an extensive and accessible introduction and generous commentaries, which draw on centuries of scholarship as well as Robert Hollander's own decades of teaching and research.
"This new version of Dante's Inferno by an internationally famous Dante scholar and his wife, the poet Jean Hollander, is accompanied by a detailed, brilliant commentary that is itself worth the price of the volume. The publisher's claim on the dust cover—'The Introduction, notes, and commentary on the poem cannot be matched for their depth of learning and usefulness for the lay reader'—is for once fully justified....For the student of Dante this book is not only an indispensable guide, it is also an intellectual feast. The last sentence of Hollander's introduction invites the reader to 'an invigorated journey through hell (not a bad place once you get used to it)' and the two Hollanders have made it a place one is reluctant to leave."—The New York Review of Books
“The Hollanders…act as latter-day Virgils, guiding us through the Italian text that is printed on the facing page.”—The Economist
“Probably the most finely accomplished and may well prove the most enduring…. The annotation…is crowded with useful insights and bits of information and keeps us abreast of scholarly opinion across the ages.”—R.W.B. Lewis, Los Angeles Times Book Review