Charles Allen Dinsmore

1860-1941. Congregational clergyman and scholar. Born in New York City and educated at Dartmouth and Yale Divinity School, he served Congregational pastorates in Connecticut and Massachusetts (1888-1920), then was appointed lecturer on the Bible as literature at Yale Divinity School. He became an authority on Dante and was widely known in the USA and abroad for his scholarly work on the Italian poet. Five of his major works are on Dante. Dinsmore reflects the changing mode regarding biblical studies during the first quarter of the twentieth century, by which the Bible became primarily a piece of religious literature. His major works are The Teachings of Dante (1901); Atonement in Literature and Life (1906); Religious Certitude in an Age of Science (1924); and The English Bible as Literature (1931).