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Tuesday Treasure: Dante in translation

Go on a journey through the afterlife with Dante Alighieri in March's Tuesday Treasure.

In the midway of this our mortal life,

I found me in a gloomy wood, astray

Gone from the path direct

So begins the famous 1814 translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy by the noted English translator Henry Francis Cary.

Drop in and explore early and innovative translations of Dante’s Divine Comedy in this month's Tuesday Treasure. Learn about the many different methods used to translate the Italian poem into English using examples from the Special Collections archives.

How do these books speak to us today? Do these translations stand the test of time as works in English? Come and view the great 14th century Florentine poet in 19th century English "dress", and judge for yourself.

Illustration of a couple sat on a bench reading a book together in period clothing.
Illustration of a couple sat on a bench reading a book together in period clothing.