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Boston, a small group of literary geniuses puts the
finishing touches on America’s first translation of The
Divine Comedy and prepares to unveil the
remarkable visions of Dante to the New World. The
powerful old guard of Harvard College wants to keep
Dante out—believing that the infiltration of such
foreign superstitions onto our bookshelves would prove
as corrupting as the foreign immigrants invading Boston
harbor. The members of the Dante Club—poets and Harvard
professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver
Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell and publisher J. T.
Fields —endure the intimidation of their fellow Boston
Brahmins for a sacred literary cause, an endeavor that
has sustained Longfellow in the hellish aftermath of his
wife’s tragic death by fire.
the plans of the Dante Club come to a screeching halt
when a series of murders erupts through Boston and
Cambridge. Only the members of the Dante Club realize
that the style and form of the killings are stolen
directly from Dante’s Inferno and its singular account
of Hell’s punishments. With the police baffled, lives
endangered and Dante’s literary future at stake, the
Dante Club must shed its sheltered literary existence
and find a way to stop the killer.
brunt of the burden falls to Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes,
whose unique literacy in both poetry and medicine
continues to pull him into the center of the struggle.
An outcast policeman, Nicholas Rey, the first and only
black member of the Boston police department, places his
future on the line after discovering the secrets of the
Dante Club. Together, they find the key to the murders
where they least expect it: closer than they could have
debut novel and New York Times Bestseller, International
Bestseller and Booksense 76 selection
hailed by Esquire as "audacious and
captivating" and by The Boston Globe as "a
preternaturally accomplished book as wise as it is
entertaining." Chosen by New York Public
Library as one of 2003's 25 Books to Remember
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(also French Canada), Japan, Italy
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Argentina, Chile, Korea, Croatia,
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Portugal, Israel, Brazil, Poland,
Russia, China, Thailand, Tawain, Malaysia, Indonesia,
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first-rate thriller breathes such life into the
genre that the term
applies. Matthew Pearl succeeds not only with a
deft and elegant plot, but delivers an eloquent
and quirky message for our times about the value
of literary heroes. To this end, in THE DANTE CLUB
we are privileged to meet the most unlikely
quartet of literary sleuths we are likely ever to
Maguire, highly acclaimed author of
Wicked and Lost
and highly entertaining account of a remarkable
moment in American literary history."
Pears, best-selling author of
An Instance of the Fingerpost
DANTE CLUB is
pure pleasure for the reader,
magnificently informed without being stuffy,
gripping without being merely sensational. I
particularly enjoyed the nice, easy swing of its
pacing. This book can be savored."
Straub, best-selling author of
Ghost Story and (with Stephen King) Black
THE DANTE CLUB,
Matthew Pearl expertly combines rollicking
entertainment with serious insights about Civil
War-era America. The book is fun, smart, and
Strauss, award-winning author of
Chang & Eng and The Real McCoy
accomplished… Matthew Pearl does a marvelous job
of evoking the period and making it come alive
with finely drawn characters and an ingenious
Liss, Edgar Award winning author of
A Conspiracy of Paper
see DANTE'S INFERNO
a translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; edited
by Matthew Pearl with an introduction by Lino Pertile.
original materials © Matthew Pearl.
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