Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Inferno

  • Publish Date: 2007-05-15
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Guy P. Raffa
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One of the greatest works of world literature, Dante Alighieris The Divine Comedy has, despite its enormous popularity and importance, often stymied readers with its multitudinous characters, references, and themes. But until now, students of the Inferno have lacked a suitable resource to guide their reading.

Welcome to Danteworlds, the first substantial guide to the Inferno in English. Guy P. Raffa takes readers on a geographic journey through Dantes underworld circle by circlefrom the Dark Wood down to the ninth circle of Hellin much the same way Dante and Virgil proceed in their infernal descent. Each chapteror regionof the book begins with a summary of the action, followed by detailed entries, significant verses, and useful study questions. The entries, based on a close examination of the poets biblical, classical, and medieval sources, help locate the characters and creatures Dante encounters and assist in decoding the poems vast array of references to religion, philosophy, history, politics, and other works of literature.

Written by an established Dante scholar and tested in the fire of extensive classroom experience, Danteworlds will be heralded by readers at all levels of expertise, from students and general readers to teachers and scholars.