Bantam Classics, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553213447, 448pp.
Publication Date: December 1, 1983
This splendid verse translation by Allen Mandelbaum provides an entirely fresh experience of Dante's great poem of penance and hope. As Dante ascends the Mount of Purgatory toward the Earthly Paradise and his beloved Beatrice, through "that second kingdom in which the human soul is cleansed of sin," all the passion and suffering, poetry and philosophy are rendered with the immediacy of a poet of our own age. With extensive notes and commentary prepared especially for this edition.
Allen Mendelbaum's five verse volumes are: "Chelmaxions"; "The Savantasse of Montparnasse"; "Journeyman"; "Leaves of Absence"; and "A Lied of Letterpress." His volumes of verse translation include "The Aeneid of Virgil," a University of California Press volume (now available from Bantam) for which he won a National Book Award; the "Inferno," "Purgatorio," and "Paradiso" volumes of the California Dante (now available from Bantam); "The Odyssey of Homer" (now available from Bantam); "The Metamorphoses of Ovid," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry; "Ovid in Sicily"; "Selected Poems of Giuseppe Ungaretti"; "Selected Writings of Salvatore Quasimodo"; and "David Maria Turoldo." Mandelbaum is co-editor with Robert Richardson Jr. of "Three Centuries of American Poetry" (Bantam Books) and, with Yehuda Amichai, of the eight volumes of the JPS Jewish Poetry Series. After receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia, he was in the Society of Fellows at Harvard. While chairman of the Ph.D. program in English at the Graduate Center of CUNY, he was a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and at the universities of Houston, Denver, Colorado, and Purdue. His honorary degrees are from Notre Dame University, Purdue University, the University of Assino, and the University of Torino. He received the Gold Medal of Honor from the city of Florence in 2000, celebrating the 735th anniversary of Dante's birth, the only translator to be so honored; and in 2003 he received the President of Italy's award for translation. He is now Professor of the History of Literary Criticism at the University of Turin and the W.R. Kenan Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University.
"The English Dante of choice."--Hugh Kenner.
"Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths."--Robert Fagles, Princeton University.
"Tough and supple, tender and violent . . . vigorous, vernacular . . . Mandelbaum's Dante will stand high among modern translations."--The Christian Science Monitor
"Lovers of the English language will be delighted by this eloquently accomplished enterprise."
--Book Review Digest