The Dante Club

The Dante Club

A Novel

Book - 2003
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In 1865 Boston, the Dante Club which consists of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, and J.T. Fields are finishing America's first translation of Dante's Divine comedy, but unfortunately the Boston Brahmins at Harvard College want to keep Dante in obscurity. The situation escalates when a series of murders erupts throughout Boston and Cambridge, modeled on the descriptions of Hell's punishment from Dante's Inferno, and it is up to Oliver Wendell Holmes and an outcast police officer to end the terror.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780375505294
0375505296
Branch Call Number: FIC Pearl
Characteristics: ix, 372 p.

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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.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
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.

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bshokal
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.

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dogncats2
Nov 30, 2009

Longfellow is such a caring person.

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