Medieval Literature Book Club: The Inferno of Dante

book cover of the inferno of dante

This month's pick: Inferno of Dante: A New Verse Translation by Dante Aleghieri and translated by Robert Pinsky.

This widely praised version of Dante's masterpiece, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award of the Academy of American Poets, is more idiomatic and approachable than its many predecessors. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Pinsky employs slant rhyme and near rhyme to preserve Dante's terza rima form without distorting the flow of English idiom. The result is a clear and vigorous translation that is also unique, student-friendly, and faithful to the original: "A brilliant success," as Bernard Knox wrote in The New York Review of Books.

No registration required but seating is limited.


  • Wednesday, April 03, 2024 | 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM


Room 211

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