Highest Comedy by R. V. Young

Highest Comedy

Paradise
by Dante Alighieri, edited and translated by Anthony Esolen
The Modern Library (Random House), 2004
(537 pages, $24.95, hardcover)

reviewed by R. V. Young

With the publication of Paradise, Anthony Esolen brings to completion his translation of Dante’s Divina Commedia or The Divine Comedy, begun with the Inferno (2002) and Purgatory (2003). As I maintained in my review of these volumes, Dante is among the handful of the greatest authors of world literature, and his Commedia is in many ways at the heart of Western culture because both its poetic excellence and its Christian vision are indisputable.

A new translation is, therefore, an . . .