On Dante, I'm surprised no one has mentioned the excellent notes in the
Penguin translation by Dorothy Sayers (yes, the Lord Peter Whimsy woman).
Her translation is rather stiff, but the notes are very informative.
Still, I'm a fan of Ciardi--he reads very well aloud--especially for a
first-time reader.
                                Stephen Adams
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                                University of Western Ontario
                                London, Canada