The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Volume 3: Paradise

Introduction by: Dorothy L. Sayers
Introduction by:
Translator: Dorothy L. Sayers

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140441055
  • 400 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


The third volume of Dante’s Divine Comedy

To the consternation of his more academic admirers, who believed Latin to be the only proper language for dignified verse, Dante wrote his Comedy in colloquial Italian, wanting it to be a poem for the common reader. Taking two threads of a story that everybody knew and loved – the story of a vision of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, and the story of the lover who has to brave the Underworld to find his lost lady – he combined them into a great allegory of the soul’s search for God. He made it swift, exciting and topical, lavishing upon it all his learning and wit, all his tenderness, humour and enthusiasm, and all his poetry. In Paradise, Dante journeys through the encircling spheres of heaven towards God.

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The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri, Introduction by: Dorothy L. Sayers, Introduction by: Barbara Reynolds, Translator: Dorothy L. Sayers, Translator: Barbara Reynolds


“The English Dante of choice.” –Hugh Kenner

“Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths.” –Robert Fagles, Princeton University

“A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry.” –Henri Peyre, Yale University

Table of Contents

The Divine ComedyHow to Read Dante
Translator’s Note
The Inferno

The Purgatorio

The Paradiso

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