The Dante Club

The Dante Club

A Novel

Book - 2003
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Before The Dante Chamber, there was The Dante Club : "an ingenious thriller that . . . brings Dante Alighieri's Inferno to vivid, even unsettling life."-- The Boston Globe

"With intricate plots, classical themes, and erudite characters . . . what's not to love?"--Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Origin

Boston, 1865. The literary geniuses of the Dante Club--poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with publisher J. T. Fields--are finishing America's first translation of The Divine Comedy . The powerful Boston Brahmins at Harvard College are fighting to keep Dante in obscurity, believing the infiltration of foreign superstitions to be as corrupting as the immigrants arriving at Boston Harbor.

But as the members of the Dante Club fight to keep a sacred literary cause alive, their plans fall apart when a series of murders erupts through Boston and Cambridge. Only this small group of scholars realizes that the gruesome killings are modeled on the descriptions of Hell's punishments from Dante's Inferno . With the lives of the Boston elite and Dante's literary future in the New World at stake, the members of the Dante Club must find the killer before the authorities discover their secret.

Praise for The Dante Club

"Ingenious . . . [Matthew Pearl] keeps this mystery sparkling with erudition." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Not just a page-turner but a beguiling look at the U.S. in an era when elites shaped the course of learning and publishing. With this story of the Dante Club's own descent into hell, Mr. Pearl's book will delight the Dante novice and expert alike." -- The Wall Street Journal

"[Pearl] ably meshes the . . . literary analysis with a suspenseful plot and in the process humanizes the historical figures. . . . A divine mystery." -- People (Page-turner of the Week)

"An erudite and entertaining account of Dante's violent entrance into the American canon." -- Los Angeles Times

"A hell of a first novel . . . The Dante Club delivers in spades. . . . Pearl has crafted a work that maintains interest and drips with nineteenth-century atmospherics." -- San Francisco Chronicle
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780812971040
0812971043
9780375505294
0375505296
Characteristics: ix, 372 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: The Dante club

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ArapahoeKati 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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