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The Divine Comedy, II. Purgatorio. Part 1: Text: Purgatorio v. 2 Paperback – 17 Sep 2015

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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st Pbk. Ed. in 2 Vols edition (17 Sept. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691019096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691019093
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"With the publication of Singleton's edition of "The Divine Comedy," we have in English . . . A truly scholarly edition which can at last vie with ones in Italian and German. . . . This monumental work will be indispensable for all lovers of this masterpiece who wish to root it in its linguistic, historical and social reality."--"Speculum"

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.

Charles S. Singleton was Professor Emeritus of Hispanic and Italian Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He also translated Boccaccio s Decameron and Dante s The Divine Comedy, and was awarded Italy s Order of Commendation for his contributions to the study of Italian literature.

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Charles Singleton has done a wonderful job with this prose translation of Dante's universally-acknowledged classic. While other translations seek to re-create the poetic effect of Dante's Italian in modern English, bravely challenging the dictum that poetry is what is lost in translation, Singleton's focus is instead on fidelity. The result is that the Italian, which is presented along with the English, can easily be matched to the translation even by those with little or no knowledge of the language
This is probably the best way to study Dante, though if you are after something with the force of the original you might like to consider Mark Musa's translation, available in Penguin Classics. (Musa's edition also includes a very helpful introduction and quite detailed notes on every single canto (section) of the Divine Comedy.)
Finally, note that Singleton's text-and-translation is completely devoid of introduction or commentary. For these, you will have to shell out for the separate volumes of commentary - search in Amazon for Inferno Commentary, Purgatorio Commentary and Paradiso Commentary.
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