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There's an Italian/English prose edition in three volumes, translated by
John D. Sinclair (Oxford, 1940-ish).

How do you define "best" English translation?  Most accurate?  Most moving?
I get the most pleasure from reading Dorothy Sayers' translation, which
with rather amazing agility maintains the terza rima structure, but it's
probably not the most accurate (it also has the advantage that Sayers was a
sound theologian, so the notes are often excellent).  For sheer poetry, I
also recommend the Henry Cary translation, made sometime around 1800.

Phyllis


>>Dear List,
>>
>>Apologies for sending a query only tangentially
>>religious in nature, but you are the most learned
>>medieval scholars I am in contact with and I cannot
>>resist asking these rather literary questions of you:
>>1) Is it not the case that Abelard and Heloise, and
>>Paolo and Francesca all got into trouble as they were
>>reading by a fire; if so, has anyone suggested that
>>Dante was in some way inspired by their story; or were
>>Paolo and Francesca "real" people whose story was
>>common knowledge/gossip in Dante's world?
>>2) Can anyone suggest a good edition of the _Commedia_
>>with Italian and English on facing pages? Failing
>>that, what is the best English translation of the
>>work?
>>Many thanks,
>>MG
>>
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