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 . . .