Sandow Birk, "Inferno," 2003, oil on canvas.Detail from “Dante and the Three Kingdoms” by Domenico di Michelino, 1465, oil on canvas."Paradise" (Par. 10) by Giovanni di Paolo, 1444-ca. 1450, illuminated manuscript.Odilon Redon, "Dante et Beatrice" and "La Vision de Dante," ca. 1914, watercolor on paper.Detail from "Beatrice Addressing Dante" (Purg. 30: 60-146) by William Blake, 1824-27, ink and watercolor on paper.Friedrich Geselschap, compositions on Dante, ca. 1853, pen and ink on paper.Detail from "La Barque de Dante," Eugène Delacroix, 1822, oil on canvas.


The mission of the Dante Society of America is to promote the study and appreciation of the time, life, works and cultural legacy of Dante Alighieri. Please follow the navigational links on our website to learn more about our history, activities, and current initiatives.

News and Events

Please refer to the “Meeting and Events” section of this website for information on the 136th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society and day-long symposium, “‘Come il baccialier’: Questioning and Professing Dante,” which will be held at Boston College on Saturday, May 5, 2018. See also information about panel sessions organized and sponsored by the Dante Society at the upcoming  International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 10-14).

Congratulations to the 2017 winners of our annual Dante and Grandgent student essay awards and Durling prize for excellence in the teaching of Dante at the secondary level. Syllabi submitted by the Durling Prize may be downloaded from the Pedagogy section of Dante Notes.

The Durling Prize Fund

The DSA Council and the family of our late and much lamented colleague Robert M. Durling invite members and friends of the Dante Society to assist in supporting an annual prize that recognizes excellence in the teaching of Dante’s life, time, and works by educators working in North American secondary schools. Read more about the prize and contribute online.