Robert Hollander, Who Led Readers Into ‘The Inferno,’ Dies at 87

He and his wife wrote an admired translation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” and he began an innovative project to digitize centuries of scholarly commentary.

By Alex Traub

Robert Hollander was the sort of literature professor to recommend “years of rereading” to understand a great book. To study his own favorite masterpiece, Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy,” Professor Hollander held himself to a yet higher standard. He mastered seven centuries of line-by-line commentary about the poem.

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