Biography for Divine Comedy

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Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) was born in Florence to a prominent family and trained

as a pharmacist. He fought in the Battle of Campaldino and was active in the internecine

Florentine politics of the time, which resulted in his exile. During this time, he

began writing Commedia, which he finished shortly before his death in Ravenna.

Burton Raffel is a translator, a poet, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Arts

and Humanities and emeritus professor of English at the University of Louisiana at

Lafayette. His most recent translations are the Modern Library edition of Geoffrey

Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and the Penguin edition of the Poema de mío Cid.

He has translated the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, most of Horace's poems, and Rabelais's

Gargantua and Pantagruel.