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A landmark of world literature, The Divine Comedy tells of the poet Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed by his love for the heavenly Beatrice, he learns the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness through a series of unforgettable experiences and encounters. This edition of The Divine Comedy features Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's renowned translation and 135 full-page reproductions of Gustave Doré's classic engravings from the 1867 edition. The Divine Comedy is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.
About the Author
Dante Alighieri was born in Florence Italy in 1265. He published his first book of poetry, La Vita Nuova, in 1293. In 1301, a political dispute lead to his exile from Florence. Over the next few years he made his home in Verona, Lucca, and other cities. By 1310 he had written Inferno and Purgatorio, the first two books of his Divine Comedy. He wrote the third and concluding book, Paradiso, in the years after he found sanctuary in Ravenna in 1318. An allegorical account of his wanderings in a spiritual wilderness and eventual salvation under the guidance of his beloved Beatrice, The Divine Comedy is recognized as Dante's masterwork and a landmark of world literature. He died in exile in 1321 and was buried in Ravenna.