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Professor Marsha Daigle-Williamson (PhD, University of Michigan) taught English at Spring Arbor University for over twenty-five years. She serves as translator for the Preacher to the Papal Household, and has translated 13 books from the Italian since 2005. Her distinguished academic career includes numerous teaching awards and the publication of over forty articles, profiles, and reviews. She has spoken across the nation, has lectured at the International Congress on Medieval Studies six times in the past ten years, and is an active member of The Dante Society of America.
In this well-researched and thoroughly documented study, Daigle-Williamson provides overwhelming evidence that Dante's "Divine Comedy" served as both source and influence for Lewis's fiction. Her work fills a significant gap in C. S. Lewis scholarship, supporting the bold claim that Dante's masterpiece is, in fact, the model for Lewis's fiction. To her credit, the author has created a book that will satisfy, not only literary critics, but general readers and fans of Lewis's fiction looking for a deeper appreciation of Lewis's artistry, theology, and imaginative vision. Gary L. Tandy, Professor of English, George Fox University, Author of "The Rhetoric of Certitude: C. S. Lewis's Nonfiction Prose "" This is an immensely impressive work. It is what scholarship ought to be perspicacious, *readable*, measured, and exhaustive (in the good scholarly sense of that word). I found myself continually delighted on page after page. Lovers of Dante and Lewis will find themselves surprised by joy. --Thomas Howard, former Professor of English and bestselling author of "Narnia and Beyond: A Guide to the Fiction of C.S. Lewis"" This book is an impressive feat of C.S. Lewis scholarship, both for its theme (the presence of the greatest Christian poetic storyteller in one of the greatest Christian prose storytellers) and for its comprehensive and complete treatment of that theme, which admirably combines clarity with profundity, accuracy in detail with big picture wisdom, and theological theory with moral practice. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College, Author of "C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium," "Between Heaven and Hell," and "Back to Virtue""