Dante Club

Dante Club

A Novel

Book - 2003
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A New York Times Bestseller Words can bleed. In 1865 Boston, 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 and preparing to unveil Dante's remarkable visions to the New World. The powerful Boston Brahmins at Harvard College are fighting to keep Dante in obscurity, believing that the infiltration of foreign superstitions into American minds will prove as corrupting as the immigrants arriving at Boston Harbor. The members of the Dante Club fight to keep a sacred literary cause alive, but 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 America at stake, the Dante Club members must find the killer before the authorities discover their secret. Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and an outcast police officer named Nicholas Rey, the first black member of the Boston police department, must place their careers on the line to end the terror. Together, they discover that the source of the murders lies closer to home than they ever could have imagined. The Dante Club is a magnificent blend of fact and fiction, a brilliantly realized paean to Dante's continued grip on our imagination, and a captivating thriller that will surprise readers from beginning to end.
Publisher: New York, NY : Random House : 2003
ISBN: 9780375505294
0375505296
Branch Call Number: FIC Pear
Characteristics: 372p

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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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