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In a brilliant Introduction that throws down an irresistible challenge to readers of the poem (“Questioning Inferno”), Steven Botterill also treats such topics as “Dante and Our Life of Mind and Body,” “(Auto)Biography in Hell,” and “Dante the Politician, Dante the Poet,” as well as others.
Headnotes that precede each canto, and endnotes—both by Anthony Oldcorn—give superb and stylish guidance to readers of Dante’s enthralling but highly allusive poem, one in which God and the Devil are both in the details.
Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics, University of Kansas.
Steven Botterill is Associate Professor of Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
Anthony Oldcorn is Emeritus Professor of Italian Studies, Brown University.
436 pages; ISBN 9781603842464
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