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Interpreting Dan Brown's Inferno

Interpreting Dan Brown's Inferno

Reading Between the Lines

Deborah Parker and Mark Parker

St. Martin's Press

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In this sneak peek into Inferno, Dan Brown's brand new novel, Interpreting Dan Brown's Inferno will provide readers with an engaging introduction to Dante and his world—and the ways in which Brown has repurposed Dante's famous work in his newest Robert Langdon novel. This teaser explores the Prologue and first chapter of Inferno and details to the reader what important facts—and mistakes—they should be aware of while beginning Brown's book. The connection between the Prologue's narrator, aptly named "the Shade," and Langdon is exposed, and the characters are even further illuminated by their relationship to Dante's poem. The reader will come away with an understanding of what Dante's poem can reveal about these characters and the mystifying city of Florence—and perhaps, where the rest of the book may lead.

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Deborah Parker and Mark Parker

Deborah Parker is Professor of Italian and Chair of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Virginia. She has published a monograph and several articles on Dante, and she is the General Editor of The World of Dante (www.worldofdante.org), an interactive media site created for the study and teaching of Dante's Comedy. She has taught the Comedy for over 25 years and knows the poem intimately. The project has been supported by a number of foundations, including the NEH, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities.

Mark Parker is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at James Madison University. He has published essays on Dante and on Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. He has written two books on literary magazines in 19th century Britain, as he has co-authored a book on film in the DVD era.

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