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The Dante Club (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Matthew Pearl

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The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl (2003)

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This book started out very slowly for me. It did pick up, and I enjoyed the interactions between the poets. I did find the beginning unnecessary-the present day part. It was completely irrelevant in my opinion. This book did cause me to look up biographical information about Longfellow, Lowell, and Holmes. It is an interesting enough read, but I can't overwhelmingly recommend it. ( )
  morandia | Aug 1, 2014 |
I was hesitant at first--it took a few chapters to get into Pearl's style and the era of the novel. Once in, though, I was hooked and eager to keep reading to solve the mystery of who was trying to punish/kill people in true Dantean style. It was also amusing to have all these really famous authors interact.

A worthwhile read that has even given me the motivation to attempt (again) to read The Divine Comedy.... ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
I was hesitant at first--it took a few chapters to get into Pearl's style and the era of the novel. Once in, though, I was hooked and eager to keep reading to solve the mystery of who was trying to punish/kill people in true Dantean style. It was also amusing to have all these really famous authors interact.

A worthwhile read that has even given me the motivation to attempt (again) to read The Divine Comedy.... ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
Dante's Inferno anyone? Let's find out how close America was to never reading this most famous work of literature.
  lseitz | Jul 1, 2014 |
{Nick's first suggestion / loan to me}
  SNO24601 | Mar 25, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 034549038X, Mass Market Paperback)

The New York Times Bestseller

Boston, 1865. A series of murders, all of them inspired by scenes in Dante’s Inferno. Only an elite group of America’s first Dante scholars—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, and J. T. Fields—can solve the mystery. With the police baffled, more lives endangered, and Dante’s literary future at stake, the Dante Club must shed its sheltered literary existence and find the killer.


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"In 1865 Boston, the literary geniuses of the Dante Club - poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with publisher J. T. Fields - are finishing America's first translation of The Divine Comedy and preparing to unveil Dante's remarkable visions to the New World. The powerful Boston Brahmins at Harvard College are fighting to keep Dante in obscurity, believing that the infiltration of foreign superstitions into American minds will prove as corrupting as the immigrants arriving at Boston Harbor." "The members of the Dante Club fight to keep a sacred literary cause alive, but their plans fall apart when a series of murders erupts through Boston and Cambridge. Only this small group of scholars realizes that the gruesome killings are modeled on the descriptions of Hell's punishments from Dante's Inferno. With the lives of the Boston elite and Dante's literary future in America at stake, the Dante Club members must find the killer before the authorities discover their secret." "Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and an outcast police officer named Nicholas Rey, the first black member of the Boston police department, must place their careers on the line to end the terror. Together, they discover that the source of the murders lies closer to home than they ever could have imagined."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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