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The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

1865 Boston, a small group of literary geniuses puts the finishing touches on America’s first translation of The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. The powerful old guard of Harvard College wants to keep Dante out—believing that the infiltration of such foreign superstitions onto our bookshelves would prove as corrupting as the foreign immigrants invading Boston harbor. The members of the Dante Club—poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell and publisher J. T. Fields —endure the intimidation of their fellow Boston Brahmins for a sacred literary cause, an endeavor that has sustained Longfellow in the hellish aftermath of his wife’s tragic death by fire.
But the plans of the Dante Club come to a screeching halt when a series of murders erupts through Boston and Cambridge. Only the members of the Dante Club realize that the style and form of the killings are stolen directly from Dante’s Inferno and its singular account of Hell’s punishments. With the police baffled, lives endangered and Dante’s literary future at stake, the Dante Club must shed its sheltered literary existence and find a way to stop the killer.
The brunt of the burden falls to Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, whose unique literacy in both poetry and medicine continues to pull him into the center of the struggle. An outcast policeman, Nicholas Rey, the first and only black member of the Boston police department, places his future on the line after discovering the secrets of the Dante Club. Together, they find the key to the murders where they least expect it: closer than they could have imagined.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Andrew Davis 100% 

Cast Results

Harry Wadsworth Longfellow Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Gabriel Byrne 100% 

James Russell Lowell Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Kiefer Sutherland 100% 

Oliver Wendell Holmes Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Oliver Platt 100% 

George Washington Greene Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Peter O'toole 100% 

J.T. Fields Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Brendan Gleeson 100% 

Nicholas Rey Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Will Smith 100% 

Dan Teal/Benjamin Galvin Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Eric Bana 100% 

Augustus Manning Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Robert Hardy 100% 

Pietro Bachi Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Roberto Benigni 100% 

Grifone Lonza Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Giancarlo Giannini 100% 

John Kurtz Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. William Hurt 100% 

Artemus Prescott Healey Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Brian Cox 100% 

Ednah Healey Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Susan Sarandon 100% 

Rev. Elisha Talbot Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Jim Broadbent 100% 

Phineas Jennison Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. John Malkovich 100% 

Edward Sheldon Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Christian Coulson 100% 

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Chris Evans 100% 

Amelia Holmes Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Felicity Huffman 100% 

Mabel Lowell Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Hilarie Burton 100% 

Langdon W. Peaslee Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Gary Oldman 100% 

Simon Camp Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Christian Slater 100% 

Henry Oscar Houghton Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Richard Bradford 100% 

George Ticknor Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. James Cromwell 100% 

Willard Burndy Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Joaquim Phoenix 100% 

Pliny Mead Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Macaulay Culkin 100% 

Capt. Dexter Blight Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Kevin Costner 100% 

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