Noted Author and Great Books Translator Anthony Esolen to Speak at Benedictine College

Noted Author and Great Books Translator Anthony Esolen to Speak at Benedictine College

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Acclaimed author and professor Dr. Anthony Esolen will deliver a talk, “Dante, the Human Arts, and the Glorious Liberty of the Children of God,” at Benedictine College on February 17 at 7:00 p.m. The presentation, sponsored by the Benedictine Honors Program and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, will take place in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium in the Student Union and will be followed by a reception on the second floor.  It is free and open to the public.

Esolen teaches Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College in Rhode Island. He is the translator of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered, and Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things.  A senior editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, he writes regularly for Touchstone, First Things, Catholic World Report,Magnificat, This Rock, andLatin Mass.  His most recent books are Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization and Ironies of Faith; his Commentary on the Roman Missal is now available from Magnificat Press.

“Esolen’s new translation follows Dante through all his spectacular range, commanding where he is commanding, wrestling, as he does, with the density and darkness in language and in the soul,” said James Richardson, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University. “This Inferno gives us Dante’s vivid drama and his verbal inventiveness. It is living writing.”

“Professor Esolen’s translation of Dante’s Inferno is the best one I have seen,” said A. Kent Hieatt, who translated The Canterbury Tales.  “And his endnotes and other additions provoke answers to almost any question that could arise about the work.”

For more information about Esolen, visit his website,

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.