Inferno, Dan Brown’s new book about Dante, is coming out on May 14, 2013 from Doubleday in the U.S., and Transworld Publishers in the UK (a division of Random House).
Brown announced that he was writing something new in May 2012. Though Brown had been cryptic about the topic of the book, he has now revealed more information.
The book will again feature The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Lost Symbol‘s lead character Robert Langdon. Brown also noted on The Today Show that it “will be set in Europe, in the most fascinating place I’ve ever seen” (we’re guessing Florence, Italy since that’s where Dante wrote, and Florence’s Duomo church features on the cover of the book).
Transworld’s press release for the book relates a bit more: the book will revolve around one of “history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces” (we’re assuming Dante’s Divine Comedy, with a focus on theInfernoportion, due to the title of the book).
A little background on this story: Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic poem written between 1308 and 1321. In the poem, Dante is led by Virgil through Hell (inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), and Heaven (Paradiso).According to the Italian Dante Society, no original manuscript by Dante survived, although there are around 825 that exist from later reprints. Of 300 copies originally printed in 1472 (the year the first print edition came out), 14 survive. You can see scans of some early editions here, and download a free illustrated copy from Project Gutenberg here.