The Dante Club

The Dante Club

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Boston. 1865. A small group of elite scholars prepares to introduce Dante's vision of hell to America. But so does a murderer. The literary geniuses of the Dante Club - poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell and publisher J. T. Fields - are finishing America's first translation of 'The Divine Comedy'. The powerful old guard of Harvard College wants to keep Dante in obscurity, believing that the infiltration of such foreign superstitions will prove as corrupting as the immigrants invading Boston Harbor. The members of the Dante Club fight to keep their sacred literary cause alive, but their plans fall apart when a series of murders erupts through Boston and Cambridge. Only this small group of scholars realises that the gruesome killings are modelled on the descriptions of Hell's punishments from Dante's 'Inferno'. With the police baffled, lives endangered and Dante's literary future at stake, the Dante Club must shed its sheltered literary existence and find a way to stop the killer.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375505294
Characteristics: ix, 372 p. : ill ; 25 cm


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AL_KATI Oct 07, 2016

I think this book tried too hard to be too weighty and "surprise! it's a plot twist!" that it comes across as bulky and annoying.

Jan 07, 2016

Not for the faint of heart! This book follows a real group of American authors who are trying to translate Dante for the masses. Soon, bodies are being found in and around Boston using Dante's idea of punishment. Can these middle age men bring the killings to and end, or will classics such as Dante, be forever barred from our shores? Wonderful debut novel.

ser_library Sep 06, 2014

a quick read full of interesting characters that refreshed my knowledge of Dante, Longfellow, Holmes and others

jw126 Oct 14, 2011

At times slow, but ending reinforces and reminds one the horrors of the Civil War and what some endured. Good reinforcement of Dante.

Oct 07, 2010

Not as good as the other two books by this author. Nevertheless, a an interesting read that holds your attention to the end.

Nov 30, 2009

Longfellow is such a caring person.

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