Longfellow dubbed it a "medieval miracle of song." T.S. Eliot believed it constituted "the greatest altitude and greatest depth" of human passion. In comparing its author to Shakespeare, Eliot concluded that "they divide the modern world between them; there is no third."For nearly 700 years, Dante's Divine Comedy has been a literary cornerstone of the Western canon. Bringing the power and prestige of this medieval classic to a new generation of appreciative readers, Joseph Gallagher has created a guided tour through this great poem of purgatory, heaven, and hell. He accompanies readers through the Bible references; the hundreds of allusions to history, mythology, theology, astronomy, and poetry; and provides picturesque observations about daily life in 14th-century Italy.Written by a teacher and scholar, this book is a perceptive and inspiring commentary -- perfect for beginning readers of Dante as well as professionals and teachers. Preserving all of the humor and good nature of Dante, yetstill maintaining the highly moral underpinnings that shine through in the original, Joseph Gallagher presents readers with an unforgettable and lively reading experience. A wonderful companion to a timeless masterpiece.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st February 2000
Publisher: Liguori Publications,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41