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The Mice in Council: A Medieval Fable

Although “The Mice in Council” is sometimes attributed to Aesop, it dates from the Middle Ages, and has been retold in many ways by many different writers. The version below is written in the style of an Aesop’s fable. The Mice in Council … Continue reading

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Art for Divine Comedy by Dante

Gustave Doré did a series of famous illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy; you may view a few of them below. Click on an image to see it in a larger size.        

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Inferno Cantos 32 to 34 Questions and Analysis by Stacy Esch

Inferno: Final Destinations Cantos XXXII – XXXIV by Stacy Esch, with illustrations selected by EIL staff Circle 9, The Frozen Pit Treacherous Fraud [To be expanded] Dante arrives at the bottom of the Inferno, and the first book of the … Continue reading

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Inferno Cantos 18 to 31 Questions/Analysis by Stacy Esch

Inferno: Final Destinations Cantos XVIII – XXI by Stacy Esch, with illustrations selected by EIL staff The Eighth Circle, Malebolge Sins of Fraud Malebolge, Dante’s name for the Eighth Circle, furthers our understanding of the circular, funnel-shaped landscape; it’s graded … Continue reading

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Inferno Cantos 12 to 17 Questions for Analysis by Stacy Esch

Inferno: Questions for Analysis Cantos XII – XVII by Stacy Esch, with illustrations selected by EIL staff Professor Esch’s original materials have been edited by the Excellence in Literature staff for use on this website. Canto XII, Violence against Others … Continue reading

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Inferno Cantos 5 to 11 Structure Analysis by Stacy Esch

Structure in the Inferno Analysis of Cantos V – XI by Stacy Esch [with illustrations selected by EIL staff] An alert reading of these early cantos helps us identify an underlying unity that turns out to be a unity for … Continue reading

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Inferno Cantos 1 to 5 Questions for Analysis by Stacy Esch

Inferno: Questions for Analysis, Cantos I – V by Stacy Esch [with illustrations selected by EIL staff] What is the “dark wood”? How did Dante get there? [see Introducing Canto I] What’s the significance of Dante “waking up” HALFWAY through … Continue reading

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“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, Read by Christopher Walken

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is evocative enough when read aloud, but Christopher Walken’s flawless recitation, accompanied by appropriate sound effects and beautifully engraved illustrations from the art of Paul Gustave Doré, makes it unforgettable. Enjoy! (The text of the entire … Continue reading

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