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The Passionate Intellect: Dorothy L. Sayers' Encounter with Dante

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Dorothy L. Sayers, detective novelist, poet, scholar, playwright and Christian apologist, spent the last fourteen years of her life reading and translating Dante's "Divine Comedy". The first two volumes of her translation, "Hell" and "Purgatory", were published during her lifetime, but when she died in 1957 the third volume, "Paradise", was unfinished. It was completed by ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Wipf & Stock Publishers (first published April 1989)
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Feb 19, 2015 Jon rated it really liked it
Just what the title claims, by the woman who was Sayers's protegee, and who completed her Penguin translation of Dante's Paradiso after Sayers's death in 1957. Barbara Reynolds is still alive at age 100. Fascinating for some of the inside baseball in academic politics and publishing just after WWII in England. Sayers was always regarded with some skepticism by the academic establishment because she was a woman and because she was a popular detective novelist. Those two things just would not do. ...more
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The tale of how Sayers came to translate Dante.
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Barbara Reynolds (13 June 1914 – 29 April 2015) was an English scholar of Italian Studies, lexicographer and translator, wife of the philologist and translator Lewis Thorpe. She has written and edited several books concerning Dorothy Sayers and is president of the Dorothy L Sayers Society. She turned 100 in June 2014.

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