Allen Mandelbaum

Allen Mandelbaum ( born May 14, 1926 in Albany / New York, † 27 October, 2011 Winston-Salem/North Carolina) was an American professor of Italian literature. Mandelbaum also published poetry and worked as a translator.


His translation of the Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri appeared in the early 1980s. It was supported by the prestigious Dante expert Irma Brandeis. Subsequently, he worked as chief editor for the California Lectura Dantis with, a collection of essays on comedy that use its translation.

Mandelbaum received the National Book Award for his translation of Virgil's Aeneid and is also the recipient of the Merit Order of the Republic of Italy, the Premio Mondello, the Premio Leonardo, the Premio Biella, the Premio Lerici - Pea, the Premio Montale at the Montale Anniversary in Rome, and of Circe - Sabaudia Award.


  • Journeyman
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Chelmaxioms
  • A song of Letterpress
  • The Savantasse of Montparnasse