A Beginner's Guide to Dante's Divine Comedy

by JASON BAXTER (Author)Jason M. Baxter (Author)
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"A wonderfully readable introduction"

Dante's Divine Comedy is widely considered to be one of the most significant works of literature ever written. Renowned not only for its ability to make truths known but also for its power to make them loved, it captures centuries of thought on sin, love, community, moral living, God's work in history, and God's ineffable beauty. This accessible introduction helps readers better appreciate and understand the complexity and layers of meaning of Dante's spiritual masterpiece.

"Jason Baxter has written a wonderfully readable introduction to Dante's Divine Comedy. Learned yet lively, it will delight as well as richly instruct first-time readers of the poem. I highly recommend this book as a companion to Dante's text both in the classroom and for the general reader."
--David Lyle Jeffrey, distinguished professor of literature and the humanities and senior fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies in Religion, Baylor University

"Most modern readers of Dante are unable to follow the poet's journey except from a great distance, at too great a cultural, historical, and conceptual remove to understand and enjoy his imaginative landscape. Baxter's book provides the inestimable service of conducting the reader safely across that space of separation; it sets one upon the path, right at Dante's side."
--David Bentley Hart, contributing editor for First Things

"Dante's Divine Comedy is perhaps the greatest work of literature ever written. It is also one of the most difficult for modern readers to understand. This book is, therefore, a Godsend. It takes us through the Comedy step-by-step, illuminating the text with clarity and wisdom. It will prove indispensable to those wishing for a trustworthy guide, like Virgil or Beatrice, to lead them through the Inferno, up Mount Purgatory, and into Paradise. Jason Baxter is just such a guide."
--Joseph Pearce, Tolkien and Lewis Chair of Literary Studies, Holy Apostles College and Seminary



Jason M. Baxter, Author

Jason M. Baxter (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is associate professor of fine arts and humanities at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, where he worked with the Distance Learning Program to produce an eighteen-part introduction to the Divine Comedy. Baxter also codirected the college's Rome Immersion Experience, designed to introduce students to the highlights of Roman art, architecture, history, and culture. He has been invited to speak at universities across the country on the modern relevance of the liberal arts and on topics pertaining to Dante.

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