The Inferno

The Inferno

By Dante Alighieri; John Ciardi (Translator); Edward M. Cifelli (Afterword by)

Signet Classics, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451531391, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2009

Belonging in the company of the works of Homer and Virgil, "The Inferno" is a moving human drama, a journey through the torment of Hell, an expression of the Middle Ages, and a protest against the ways in which men have thwarted the divine plan.

About the Author
Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in Florence to a family of minor nobility. He entered into Florentine politics in 1295, but he and his party were forced into exile in a hostile political climate in 1301. Taking asylum in Ravenna late in life, Dante completed his Divine Commedia, considered one of the most important works of Western literature, before his death in 1321.

John Ciardi (1918 1986), American poet and critic influential in his role as poetry editor of the Saturday Review.