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Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Inferno

Guy P. Raffa


One of the greatest works of world literature, Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy has, despite its enormous popularity and importance, often stymied readers with its multitudinous characters, references, and themes. But until now, students of the Inferno have lacked a suitable resource to guide their reading. This book takes readers on a geographic journey through Dante's underworld circle by circle—from the Dark Wood down to the ninth circle of Hell—in much the same way Dante and Virgil proceed in their infernal descent. Each chapter—or “region”—of the book begins with a summary of the actio ... More

Keywords: Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy, Inferno, underworld, Dark Wood, ninth circle, Hell, Virgil, infernal descent, world literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226702674
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226702780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guy P. Raffa, author