“I sometimes wonder what Dante or Milton or any of those guys would make of the modern appetite for the young-adult epic. It wasn’t always a lucrative thing, writing grand, sweeping, fantastical stories, you know. It was a job for nose-to-the-grindstone, writing-for-the-ages types, and worldly rewards were low. Milton died in penury, blind and obscure; Dante met his maker in literal exile. Would they look with envy upon their celebrated and moneyed modern analogues– your J. K. Rowlings, your Suzanne Collinses?” –Michelle Dean, “Our Young-Adult Dystopia,” New York Times Magazine, January 31, 2014
“This is the essentially genealogical model of influence taught in college literature courses: Homer begat Virgil, Virgil begat Dante, and so on.” –Daniel Mendelsohn, “Which Authors of Books Have Worked on You as ‘Negative Influences’?” New York Times, January 21, 2014
“The 100 illustrations that Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali did in the 1960s to mark the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s ‘The Divine Comedy’ are being exhibited in Sao Paulo, the last stop on a tour of Brazil.
“The exhibition, which runs until Oct. 27 , is being held at the Caixa Cultural in Sao Paulo.” [ . . . ] —EFE, September 2, 2013
Contributed by Vanessa Teixeira
Students of Hyle Daley’s 10th Grade literature class at Union City Area High School (Penn.) make 3D models of Dante’s Inferno every year.
To watch a video showcasing the projects from 2012, click here.
Contributed by Hyle Daley