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Lectura Dantis: Purgatorio, A Canto-by-Canto Commentary

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This new critical volume, the second to appear in the three-volume Lectura Dantis, contains expert, focused commentary on the Purgatorio by thirty-three international scholars, each of whom presents to the nonspecialist reader one of the cantos of the transitional middle cantica of Dante's unique Christian epic. The cast of characters is as colorful as before, although thi ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published February 6th 2008 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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James
This proved to be a very helpful supplement to plumbing the depths of Dante's Inferno. It is a collection of 34 essays, one for each canto, supplied by an expert in Dante studies. Most are excellent; a few are weaker but still helpful.

I intend to work through Purgatorio and Paradiso in the coming months. I've already obtained the second volume of Lectura Dantis. Sadly, Mr. Mandelbaum passed several years ago and I've received confirmation from the University of California that they have not plan
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A stunning achievement that is not lessened by the shoulders of the generations of Dante scholars that these essayist's stand on. This series of essays were essential in understanding the depths of meaning layered into Dante's text.

The third volume in this set of commentaries, Paradisio, is not yet published but may yet come to be in spite of Dr. Mandelbaum's passing. Lets hope so.
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is an American professor of Italian literature, poet, and translator. He is currently W. R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University. A devout Jew, Mandelbaum is highly knowledgeable of Christianity.[1]
His translation of the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri appeared between 1980 and 1984; they were published by University of California Press and supported by the notable Dante
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