One of the greatest masteripieces of all time, Dante's Inferno, now newly translated by John Ciardi for the modern reader, is the magnificent story of a man's way through the infinite torment of Hell in his search for Paradise.
"Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them, there is no third." --T.S. Eliot
"This translation of the Inferno is the most lucid one I've ever read...a version definitive for our time." --Dudley Fitts
About the Author
Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy's greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered in the art of lyric poetry at an early age. His first major work is La Vita Nuova (1292) which is a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great love of his life. Married to Gemma Donatic, Dante's political activism resulted in his being exiled from Florence to eventually settle in Ravenna. It is believed that The Divine Comedy—comprised of three canticles, The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso—was written between 1308 and 1320. Dante Alighieri died in 1321.