Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso -- the three fates of the deceased become the three pillars of an epic poem. "The Divine Comedy," written by Italian poet Dante Alighieri in the fourteenth century, is considered the foremost work in Italian literature. The journey begins with Dante's descent into the depths of Hell where he witnesses those eternally separated from God. Then he climbs the mountain of Purgatory where Christian souls undergo final purification, before finally touring the celestial circles of Heaven where he is filled with the image of God. An allegorical work, the comedy is representative of the soul's journey towards God. Influential for seven centuries, this classic is a must have for lovers of great literature, and the luxurious leather-bound edition from Canterbury Classics will make a stunning addition to any library. Lexile score: 1220L
Durante degli Alighieri, known as Dante (1265-1321), was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His "Divine Comedy" is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature Paul Gustave Dore (January 6, 1832 - January 23, 1883) was a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. Dore worked primarily with wood engraving and steel engraving.