Charles S. Singleton (1909-1985), Journey to Beatrice
(Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1958 = Dante Studies
, 2), p. v:
[F]or some time now, we have been reading the great work in what amounts to an amputated version. It is not that the text of the poem, as we have it, suffers from any serious lacunae. We would seem to have the work in its entirety as to text. The lacunae are rather in us, the readers, and reside in that deficient knowledge and lack of awareness which we continue to bring to our reading of the poem.