"Voltaire wrote that Dante was a madman"



"Everybody with a spark of good sense ought to blush at that monstrous assemblage in hell of Dante and Virgil, of Saint Peter and Madonna Beatrice. There are to be found among us, in the 18th century, people who force themselves to admire feats of imagination as stupidly extravagent and as barbarous as this; they have the brutality to oppose them to the masterpieces of genius, wisdom, and eloquence, that we have in our language."" 

Voltaire by John Morley