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The Dante Club : a novel

Author: Matthew Pearl
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Historical fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Pearl, Matthew.
Dante Club.
New York : Random House, ©2003
(DLC) 2002017886
Named Person: Dante Alighieri; Oliver Wendell Holmes; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Dante Alighieri; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Oliver Wendell Holmes
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Pearl
ISBN: 9781588363107 1588363104
OCLC Number: 52939075
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 372 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Responsibility: Matthew Pearl.

Abstract:

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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