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Dante Alighieri (–1321)

Author of The Inferno

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About the Author

Born Dante Alighieri in the spring of 1265 in Florence, Italy, he was known familiarly as Dante. His family was noble, but not wealthy, and Dante received the education accorded to gentlemen, studying poetry, philosophy, and theology. His first major work was Il Vita Nuova, The New Life. This brief show more collection of 31 poems, held together by a narrative sequence, celebrates the virtue and honor of Beatrice, Dante's ideal of beauty and purity. Beatrice was modeled after Bice di Folco Portinari, a beautiful woman Dante had met when he was nine years old and had worshipped from afar in spite of his own arranged marriage to Gemma Donati. Il Vita Nuova has a secure place in literary history: its vernacular language and mix of poetry with prose were new; and it serves as an introduction to Dante's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, in which Beatrice figures prominently. The Divine Comedy is Dante's vision of the afterlife, broken into a trilogy of the Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. Dante is given a guided tour of hell and purgatory by Virgil, the pagan Roman poet whom Dante greatly admired and imitated, and of heaven by Beatrice. The Inferno shows the souls who have been condemned to eternal torment, and included here are not only mythical and historical evil-doers, but Dante's enemies. The Purgatory reveals how souls who are not irreversibly sinful learn to be good through a spiritual purification. And The Paradise depicts further development of the just as they approach God. The Divine Comedy has been influential from Dante's day into modern times. The poem has endured not just because of its beauty and significance, but also because of its richness and piety as well as its occasionally humorous and vulgar treatment of the afterlife. In addition to his writing, Dante was active in politics. In 1302, after two years as a priore, or governor of Florence, he was exiled because of his support for the white guelfi, a moderate political party of which he was a member. After extensive travels, he stayed in Ravenna in 1319, completing The Divine Comedy there, until his death in 1321. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Since there are other authors called Dante, the works of Dante Alighieri on that author page are now aliased here, instead of the pages being combined.

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Works by Dante Alighieri

The Inferno (1314) — Author — 23,410 copies
The Divine Comedy (1308) 21,133 copies
Purgatorio (1307) 7,100 copies
Paradiso (1316) — Author — 5,948 copies
La Vita Nuova (1292) — Author — 2,175 copies
The Portable Dante (1321) 1,314 copies
Monarchy (1957) 368 copies
Complete Works (1950) 208 copies
Circles of Hell (1600) 199 copies
Convivio (1304) 177 copies
De vulgari eloquentia (1968) 147 copies
Rime (1946) — Autore in relazione — 144 copies
The First Three Circles of Hell (1996) — Author — 126 copies
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Contributor — 54 copies
Vita Nuova Rime (1965) 33 copies
Dante Alighieri (1993) 21 copies
Epistole (1966) 20 copies
Opere minori (1984) 15 copies
Il fiore e il detto d'amore (1995) 14 copies
Dante and Giovanni del Virgilio (1970) — Author — 14 copies
Strumenti (1999) 8 copies
La Consolation (1996) 6 copies
Love poems (2014) 6 copies
Divina comedia V. II (1995) 6 copies
The Medieval Mind (2017) 6 copies
Epistole ; Egloge ; Questio de aqua et terra (2016) — Author — 5 copies
Boska komedia : (wybór) (1986) 5 copies
HLa Idivina commedia (1995) 5 copies
Fiore (2010) 4 copies
The Inferno: 2 4 copies
Epistola a Cangrande (1995) — Author — 3 copies
Inferno: Divina Commedia (2022) 3 copies
Divina Comedia. tomo II (2014) 3 copies
Dama kamenog srca (1997) 3 copies
Commedia multimediale (2011) 3 copies
Macht der Toten (2007) 3 copies
Opere 1 — Author — 3 copies
The Indispensable Dante (1949) — Author — 3 copies
Herderszangen (2021) 3 copies
Vingt poèmes (1997) 3 copies
Commedia / Giorgio Inglese (2021) — Author — 2 copies
Detto d' amore 2 copies
La divina commedia. Tomo 1: Inferno (2021) — Author — 2 copies
A divina comedia de Dante (2008) 2 copies
Le terze rime 2 copies
Yeni Hayat (2000) 2 copies
Satira. Da Aristofane a Corrado Guzzanti (2013) — Author — 2 copies
Convivio 2 copies
Convívio (1992) 2 copies
De la monarquia (2005) 2 copies
Dante. Tutte le opere (2021) 2 copies
Convívio (1992) 2 copies
La falsa tenzone di Dante con Forese Donati (1995) — Author — 2 copies
Lírica 2 copies
Le opere latine (2005) 2 copies
The selected works (1972) 2 copies
A Divina Comédia, Tomo I (1995) 2 copies
Divina comèdia. (T.2) (1901) 1 copy
Dante's Poems (1883) 1 copy
Opere minori. 6 voll. (1980) 1 copy
Ziyafet;(Convivio) (2022) 1 copy
la vita Nuova (2016) 1 copy
Vita Nuova 1 copy
Rimes (2021) 1 copy
Poesía 1 copy
The Inferno (1964) 1 copy
Bozanstvena komedija (2016) 1 copy
PARAJSA 1 copy
FERRI 1 copy
Vita Nuova 1 copy
Convívio 1 copy
Pokol (2012) 1 copy
Boska komedia. T. 1-2 (1984) 1 copy
A divina comédia (2017) 1 copy
La Divina comedia (2015) 1 copy
Dantes Verse (2021) 1 copy
12 sonnetti 1 copy
The Inferno (2013) 1 copy
Opere Scelte 1 copy
La Cumégia 1 copy
2.1: Il Convivio (1995) 1 copy
Pekel 1 copy
the divine comedy (1900) 1 copy
Impyerno (2017) 1 copy
Vida Nova (2021) 1 copy
Brev (2022) 1 copy
Il Paradiso 1 copy
Vida Nova | Rimas (2020) 1 copy
Le Banquet (2019) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Doré Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy (1900) — Contributor — 539 copies
Critical Theory Since Plato (1971) — Contributor, some editions — 394 copies
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contributor — 385 copies
Dante's Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation (2010) — Contributor — 275 copies
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983) — Contributor — 230 copies
Criticism: Major Statements (1964) — Contributor — 211 copies
The Penguin Book of Hell (2018) — Contributor — 173 copies
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Contributor — 137 copies
The Norton Book of Friendship (1991) — Contributor — 92 copies
The Young Inferno (2009) — Contributor — 40 copies
Il Paradiso di Dante (1992) 36 copies
Poems and Translations (1912) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Best of the World's Classics: Volume VIII Continental Europe II (1909) — Contributor, some editions — 26 copies
Art Young's Inferno (2020) — Author — 17 copies
Lost Souls Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2018) — Contributor — 13 copies
Dante per immagini: dalle miniature trecentesche ai giorni nostri (2018) — Autore in relazione — 4 copies
New World Writing : 15 (1959) — Contributor — 4 copies
Rajna 7-t3 - Codice diplomatico dantesco (2016) — Autore in relazione — 4 copies
To Shiver the Sky (2020) — Composer — 4 copies
American Aphrodite (Volume Five, Number Eighteen) (1955) — Contributor — 4 copies
American Aphrodite (Volume Two, Number Five) (1952) — Contributor — 2 copies
American Aphrodite (Volume Five, Number Twenty) (1955) — Contributor — 2 copies
American Aphrodite (Volume One, Number Two) (1951) — Contributor — 2 copies
Agrā renesanse (1981) 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Alighieri, Dante
Legal name
Alighieri, Durante degli
Other names
n. 1265-05
Date of death
Burial location
Piazza San Francesco, Ravenna, Italia
Country (for map)
Florence, Italy
Place of death
Ravenna, Italy
Places of residence
Verona, Italy
soldier (cavalry)
Pietro di Dante Alighieri (zoon)
Short biography
Dante Alighieri, (May 14/June 13, 1265 – September 13/14[1], 1321), was a Florentine Italian poet. Like many in the Florence of his day, he became involved in the conflict between the Guelph and Ghibelline factions. He fought in the Battle of Campaldino (1289) and held several political offices over the years. His central work, the Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy, originally called "Comedìa"), is composed of three parts: the Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. Dante was exiled from the city he loved, and addressed the pain of his loss in his work.
Disambiguation notice
Since there are other authors called Dante, the works of Dante Alighieri on that author page are now aliased here, instead of the pages being combined.



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I am prone to hesitation in reviewing a classic so low. I realize I am in the minority and I don't want to tick people off. I also freely admit my struggles with some of these classics is solely in my naivety and lack of deeper understanding.

That being said -- this was a chore to read. I had an audible version and a print version, neither read the same. It likely helped to "follow along" as I listened, deciphering the print from the audible. Yet still so tough.

I understand the deep religious tone in the book, I still find it uncomfortable. This idea of hell is disturbing and so ... mainstream religious. On the other hand, what an amazing and ornate and detailed description of Hell. Quite impressive.

I also wish I knew more about the many, many people mentioned in the poem. So many times I just skimmed over who they were and sometimes what they did to get to Hell. I wanted to get it.

If I understand the times and atmosphere of the life of Dante, this was a brave work. I admire that. I do not admire, however, where he put Muslims or Jews and those who were born prior to Christ. Doesn't sit well with me.
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MahanaU | 206 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |
Simplesmente sensacional. Toda profundidade de detlahes no banquete servido por Dante, faz com que viajamos na filosifa medieval italiana.
soaresmilton | 4 other reviews | Nov 10, 2023 |
I can only hope that in a few hundred years my own self-insert fanfic about the people I don’t like getting tortured becomes a cultural touchstone.
tsunaminoai | 206 other reviews | Jul 24, 2023 |
Spectacular notes. Translation is good.
judeprufrock | 206 other reviews | Jul 4, 2023 |


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