This is an excellent complement to existing Dante studies which represents some thirty years of devoted scholarship. Miss Fox provides a handbook that will supply the reader with all he needs to know to read The Divine Comedy intelligently. Divided in three sections, the first supplies chapters on the historical, biographical and structural background of the poem. The second elaborates fully the theology implicit in Dante- the Catholicism of the thirteenth century. The third presents Dante's analysis of the means by which man is raised and united to God in the Incarnation and Redemption. A book that can be read with profit equally by a Dante devotee and a newcomer to the poet, this is not limited by its doctrinal interpretation and is a sound academic interpretation.