Robert M. Durling

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Robert M. Durling was an American scholar and translator, known for his translations of Petrarch's Rime Sparse and (with Ronald Martinez) of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.[1] He was professor emeritus of Italian and English literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.[2] He died on May 21, 2015.

Durling was a student of Charles S. Singleton and took his course on the Comedy, a class he says "literally changed my life."[3]


  • The Figure of the Poet in Renaissance Epic. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1966.[4]
  • Time and the Crystal: Studies in Dante's Rime Petrose (with Ronald L. Martinez). Berkeley and Los Angeles: U of California P, 1990.[5]


  1. ^ Benfell, V. Stanley (November 2012). "Rev. of Durling and Martinez, The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Paradiso". The Medieval Review. 
  2. ^ "Medieval Matters: Dante Now". Stanford University. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Telander, Alex C. "An Interview with Robert M. Durling". BookBanter. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Buxton, John (1967). "Rev. of Durling, The Figure of the Poet". The Review of English Studies. n.s. 18 (72): 455–56. JSTOR 512074. 
  5. ^ Barolini, Teodolinda (1994). "Rev. of Durling and Martinez, Time and the Crystal". Comparative Literature. 46 (1): 104ff. doi:10.2307/1771621. 

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