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Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (Italian: [ˈdante aliˈɡjɛːri]), probably baptized Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri and often referred to simply as Dante (, also US: ,; c. 1265 – 1321), was an Italian poet. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa (modern Italian: Commedia) and later christened Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio, is widely considered the most important poem of the Middle Ages and the greatest literary work in the Italian language.

Dante is known for establishing the use of the vernacular in literature at a time when most poetry was written in Latin, making it accessible only to the most educated readers. His De vulgari eloquentia (On Eloquence in the Vernacular) was one of the first scholarly defenses of the vernacular. His use of the Tuscan dialect for works such as The New Life (1295) and Divine Comedy helped establish the modern-day standardized Italian language, and set a precedent that important later Italian writers such as Petrarch and Boccaccio would follow.

Dante was instrumental in establishing the literature of Italy, and his depictions of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven provided inspiration for the larger body of Western art. He is cited as an influence on John Milton, Geoffrey Chaucer and Alfred Tennyson, among many others. In addition, the first use of the interlocking three-line rhyme scheme, or the terza rima, is attributed to him. He is described as the "father" of the Italian language, and in Italy he is often referred to as il Sommo Poeta ("the Supreme Poet"). Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio are also called the tre corone ("three crowns") of Italian literature.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1265 (Florence), Died 1321 (Ravenna)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 1198 7-in. Before Apr. 1899 Il conte regolino Ferruccio Giannini Recitation author  
Brunswick IC4464 16-in. 4/30/1930 Dante’s inferno J. F. Carson Recitation author  
Brunswick IC4465 16-in. 4/30/1930 Dante’s inferno J. F. Carson Recitation author  
Brunswick IC4466 16-in. 4/30/1930 Dante’s inferno J. F. Carson Recitation author  
Brunswick IC4467 16-in. 4/30/1930 Dante’s inferno J. F. Carson Recitation author  
Brunswick IC4468 16-in. 4/30/1930 Dante’s inferno J. F. Carson Recitation author  
Brunswick IC4469 16-in. 4/30/1930 Dante’s inferno J. F. Carson Recitation author  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Alighieri, Dante," accessed August 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102260.

Alighieri, Dante. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102260.

"Alighieri, Dante." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102260

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