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Two Centuries Later, Bowdoin's Longfellow-Dante Connection Lives On

Story posted February 07, 2012

A daguerrotype of Longfellow around 1850, by Southworth & Hawes, Boston.Among the many claims to fame of Bowdoin’s luminary alumnus Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Class of 1825, was his distinction as the first American translator of Dante’s The Divine Comedy in its entirety.

Longfellow venerated Dante, referring to him in a lecture at Harvard as “Lord of the most high song, who like an eagle soars above the others.”

Read about two works by recent Bowdoin alumae who got fired up by The Divine Comedy while studying at Bowdoin with Associate Professor of Romance Languages Arielle Saiber — who co-edited the volume with Yale's Sterling Professor of Italian Giuseppe Mazzotta in an Academic Spotlight »