Fall 1955 • Vol. XVII No. 4 Book Reviews |

Dark Wood of Allegory

Introductory Papers On Dante by Dorothy L. Sayers. Harper. $4.00. Miss Sayers' interest in Dante is well known by now in this country and in England, thanks to her recent translation of the Divine Comedy. Her first introductory paper on Dante appeared as the Introduction to her Inferno and was dedicated to the late Charles Williams as to the "Dead Master of the Affirmations," Introduction and Notes to the Cantos making it evident that Miss Sayers had come to Dante by way of Williams and that the special language of mysticism in which Williams had written his Figure of Beatrice was to be hers when she wrote of Dante. Such, in the main, continues to be the case in the Introductory Papers now published. These were lectures, first of all, read to a variety of audiences (from 1947 to 1949, to judge from appended dates), printed now substantially in their spoken form. Thus, continuing Williams, Virgil and Beatrice are still seen as "Images" or as "natural symbols," and Dante's "Wa

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