“The Divine Comedy”: The Inferno

Engraving from Dante's Inferno by Gustave Doré, 1861. Engraving from Dante's Inferno by Gustave Doré, 1861.

Hell. A place without hope. A place of justice. A place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. It is this place, this place of utter despair, through which Dante voluntarily travels to be reunited with the great love of his life, Beatrice. Dante describes this journey in “The Inferno”, the first volume of his three-volume work “La Divina Comedia”. 

Many readers come to “The Inferno” with an almost salacious interest in hell, expecting a Hieronymus Bosch depiction of sinners randomly tortured by demons in the service of a

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