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.

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R. V. Young is Professor of English Emeritus at North Carolina State University, and a former editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. His Shakespeare & the Idea of Western Civilization is forthcoming in January from Catholic University of America Press. He and his wife are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dunedin, Florida. They have five grown children, 15 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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