I am ashamed to say that I don't think I ever read, Dante's Inferno. I think I was supposed to but for one reason or another I did not.
Anthony Esolen, English professor at Providence College has a new translation out that I cannot put down. It has actually been out for quite some time but I just got around to giving it a look (another embarassing revelation)
"a substantive Introduction, extensive notes, and appendixes that reproduce Dante's key sources and influences," pretty much hits the nail on the head as a description.
I fell in love with Esolen's writing over at Mere Comments and really enjoyed his, "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization," but while I enjoy poetry I was hesitant to take the chance on this book. My only regret is that I waited so long. I will never hesitate to buy another of his books. I think this is readable by anyone and most will enjoy it.