From the April, 2004 issue of Touchstone
Dante’s New Guide by R. V. Young

Book Review

Dante’s New Guide

Inferno
by Dante Alighieri, edited and translated by Anthony Esolen
New York: The Modern Library (Random House), 2002
(528 pages; $24.95, hardcover)

Purgatory
by Dante Alighieri, edited and translated by Anthony Esolen
New York: The Modern Library (Random House), 2003
(544 pages; $24.95, hardcover)

reviewed by R. V. Young

In the fourth canto of the Inferno, where Virgil leads Dante into the Limbo of souls who can never attain Heaven because they were never baptized and lacked faith in Christ, but who are spared the punishments of Hell because of their personal innocence or virtue, Dante is welcomed into the circle of the classical poets as their peer. In his commentary on this passage, Anthony Esolen rightly remarks, “Fals . . .


This article is only available to subscribers.

Login to Touchstone Online

Not a subscriber? Subscribe to Touchstone today for full online access. Over 30 years of content!

subscription options

Purchase
Online Subscription

Get a one-year full-access subscription to the Touchstone online archives for only $19.95. That's only $1.66 per month!

Purchase Print &
Online Subscription

Get six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access for only $29.95. That's only $2.50 per month!

Transactions will be processed on the secure server of The Fellowship of St. James website, the publisher of Touchstone.

OR get a subscription to Touchstone to read on your Kindle for only $1.99 per month! (This option is KINDLE ONLY and does not include either print or online.)

Your subscription goes a long way to ensure that Touchstone is able to continue its mission of publishing quality Christian articles and commentary.


more from the online archives

30.2—March/April 2017

Keep Them from Idols

The Education of Children Takes Generations of Fidelity by W. Ross Blackburn

27.5—Sept/Oct 2014

The Hundred Years' War

The Culture of Death's Campaign Against the Catholic Church by Brantly Millegan

29.5—Sept/Oct 2016

Dying of Despair

on the Loss of True Community & Rising Political Desperation by Karl D. Stephan

Touchstone is published by

All content The Fellowship of St. James — 2018. All rights reserved.
Returns, refunds, and privacy policy.