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Giuseppe Di Scipio was born in 1946, in the town of Crecchio, Chieti, in Abruzzo, Italy. As a child, he was educated by the Paulist Fathers where he apprenticed as a typesetter. In 1963, he emigrated to the United States. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and a doctorate in comparative literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. He taught at NYU, Fordham University, and Hunter College where he became full professor and served as chairperson of the Department of Romance Languages until 2011. A scholar of Dante Alighieri, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, he lectured internationally and wrote many articles, essays, book chapters, and reviews, including several of the prestigious Lectura Dantis series. He authored The Symbolic Rose in Dante's Paradiso (Longo, 1984) and The Presence of Pauline Thought in the Works of Dante (Mellen, 1995). He co-edited, with Aldo Scaglione, The Divine Comedy and the Encyclopedia of Arts and Sciences (Benjamins, 1988), as well as, with Diana Conchado and Francesca Canadé Sautman, Telling Tales: Medieval Narratives and the Folk Tradition (St. Martins: 1998). He also co-authored the notes to the authoritative Allen Mandelbaum translation of Dante's Paradiso (Bantam, 1985), and wrote the notes to Dante’s Lyric Poetry, translated by J. Tusiani (1991 and 1999).