The Moral Essays

This is the first of a five-volume edition that will provide a comprehensive selection of the work of Leopardi." -- back cover

Author: Giacomo Leopardi

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ISBN: 0231057075

Category: Literary Criticism

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Newly awakened interest in Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), arguably the greatest Italian poet since the Renaissance, has resulted in this project to translate a major portion of his works. This volume is the first of four which will encompass the great Canti (in bilingual text), selections from the poet's correspondence, a substantial portion of his enormous intellectual journal, the Zibaldone, and the focus of the present volume, the Operette morali. Originally planned as a set of dialogues in the manner of Lucian, the Operette is a compilation of brief, interrelated works on questions of moral philosphy. By means of numerous characters, and by means of a range of styles, Leopardi grapples with a theory of pleasure, the concepts of fame, the infinite, human happiness, the function of poetry, and other topics. In the poet's own opinion, the Operette represented his major philosophical speculation and ranked just below his Canti.
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Operette Morali

This volume is the first of four which will encompass the great "Canti" (in bilingual text), selections from the poet's correspondence, a substantial portion of his enormous intellectual journal, the "Zibaldone," and the focus of the ...

Author: Giacomo Leopardi

Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231057067

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 265

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Newly awakened interest in Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), arguably the greatest Italian poet since the Renaissance, has resulted in this project to translate a major portion of his works. This volume is the first of four which will encompass the great "Canti" (in bilingual text), selections from the poet's correspondence, a substantial portion of his enormous intellectual journal, the "Zibaldone," and the focus of the present volume, the "Operette morali." Originally planned as a set of dialogues in the manner of Lucian, the "Operette" is a compilation of brief, interrelated works on questions of moral philosphy. By means of numerous characters, and by means of a range of styles, Leopardi grapples with a theory of pleasure, the concepts of fame, the infinite, human happiness, the function of poetry, and other topics. In the poet's own opinion, the "Operette" represented his major philosophical speculation and ranked just below his "Canti."
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Encyclopedia of the Essay

1846; Essay on the popular mistakes of the Ancients) and Discorso di un italiano intorno alla poesia romantica (wr. ... e Operette morali (Moral Tales) was the only major work of prose that Leopardi published in his lifetime.

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135314101

Category: Reference

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This groundbreaking new source of international scope defines the essay as nonfictional prose texts of between one and 50 pages in length. The more than 500 entries by 275 contributors include entries on nationalities, various categories of essays such as generic (such as sermons, aphorisms), individual major works, notable writers, and periodicals that created a market for essays, and particularly famous or significant essays. The preface details the historical development of the essay, and the alphabetically arranged entries usually include biographical sketch, nationality, era, selected writings list, additional readings, and anthologies
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Pessimism

sche, Genealogy, Morality, ed. Richard Schact. Berkeley: University of California Press, 334–57. Leopardi, Giacomo. 1983. The Moral Essays (Operette Morali). New York: Co- lumbia University Press. ———. 1997. Selected Poems, trans.

Author: Joshua Foa Dienstag

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400827480

Category: Philosophy

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Pessimism claims an impressive following--from Rousseau, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, to Freud, Camus, and Foucault. Yet "pessimist" remains a term of abuse--an accusation of a bad attitude--or the diagnosis of an unhappy psychological state. Pessimism is thought of as an exclusively negative stance that inevitably leads to resignation or despair. Even when pessimism looks like utter truth, we are told that it makes the worst of a bad situation. Bad for the individual, worse for the species--who would actually counsel pessimism? Joshua Foa Dienstag does. In Pessimism, he challenges the received wisdom about pessimism, arguing that there is an unrecognized yet coherent and vibrant pessimistic philosophical tradition. More than that, he argues that pessimistic thought may provide a critically needed alternative to the increasingly untenable progressivist ideas that have dominated thinking about politics throughout the modern period. Laying out powerful grounds for pessimism's claim that progress is not an enduring feature of human history, Dienstag argues that political theory must begin from this predicament. He persuasively shows that pessimism has been--and can again be--an energizing and even liberating philosophy, an ethic of radical possibility and not just a criticism of faith. The goal--of both the pessimistic spirit and of this fascinating account of pessimism--is not to depress us, but to edify us about our condition and to fortify us for life in a disordered and disenchanted universe.
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Operette Morali

Essays and Dialogues Giacomo Leopardi. The title , Operette morali , points to his philosophical intention , but it can in no way be understood literally . The operette are “ moral ” in the sense that they proclaim the true nature of ...

Author: Giacomo Leopardi

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520049284

Category: Literary Collections

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This series is conceived as a library of bilingual editions of works chosen for their importance to Italian literature and to the international tradition of art and thought Italy has nurtured. In each volume an Italian text in an authoritative edition is paired with a new facing-page translation supplemented by explanatory notes and a selected bibliography. An introduction provides a historical and critical interpretation of the work. The scholars preparing these volumes hope through Biblioteca ltaliana to point a straight way to the Italian classics. GENERAL EDITOR: Louise George ClubbEDITORIAL BOARDPaul J. Alpers, Vittore BrancaGene Brucker, Fredi ChiappelliPhillip W. Damon, Robert M. DurlingGianfranco Folena, Lauro MartinesNicolas J. Perella
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Interpreting Primo Levi

London: University of California Press, 1982. Leopardi, Giacomo. Selected Poems. Translated by Eamon Grennan. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1997. Leopardi, Giacomo. The Moral Essays (Operette Morali).

Author: Arthur Chapman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137435576

Category: History

Page: 281

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The legacy of antifascist partisan, Auschwitz survivor, and author Primo Levi continues to drive exciting interdisciplinary scholarship. The contributions to this intellectually rich, tightly organized volume - from many of the world's foremost Levi scholars - show a remarkable breadth across fields as varied as ethics, memory, and media studies.
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Of Bridges

In Moral Essays/Operette Morali, translated by Patrick Creagh, 158–62. New York: Columbia University Press, 1983. ———. “The Dialogue of a Physicist and a Metaphysician.” In Moral Essays/Operette Morali, translated by Patrick Creagh, ...

Author: Thomas Harrison

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226735320

Category: Literary Criticism

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“Always,” wrote Philip Larkin, “it is by bridges that we live.” Bridges represent our aspirations to connect, to soar across divides. And it is the unfinished business of these aspirations that makes bridges such stirring sights, especially when they are marvels of ingenuity. A rich compendium of myths, superstitions, literary and ideological figurations, as well as architectural and musical illustrations, Of Bridges organizes a poetic and philosophical history of bridges into nine thematic clusters. Leaping in lucid prose between seemingly unrelated times and places, Thomas Harrison gives a panoramic account of the diverse meanings and valences of human bridges, questioning why they are built and where they lead. He investigates bridges as flashpoints in war and the mega-bridges of our globalized world. He probes links forged by religion between life’s transience and eternity and the consolidating ties of music, illustrated in a case study of the blues. He illuminates the real and symbolic crossings facing migrants each day and the affective connections that make persons and societies cohere. In fine and intricate readings of literature, philosophy, art, and geography, Harrison engages in a profound reflection on how bridges form and transform cultural communities. Interdisciplinary and deeply lyrical, Of Bridges is a mesmerizing, vertiginous tale of bridges both visible and invisible, both lived and imagined.
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Speculating on the Moment

Leopardi ME Р PP The Moral EssaysOperette Morali . Tr . Patrick Creagh . New York : Columbia University Press , 1983 . Pensieri . Tr . W.S. di Piero . Baton Rouge and London : Louisiana State University Press , 1981 .

Author: Nicholas Rennie

Publisher: Wallstein Verlag

ISBN: 3892449686

Category: Chance in literature

Page: 359

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The New York Public Library Literature Companion

... of divine favor in the face of “stepmother nature's” indifference and devastation. Leopardi's prose works, especially the Moral Essays (Operette Morali, 1827; also translated as Essays and Dialogues) and the posthumously published.

Author: Staff of The New York Public Library

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439137215

Category: Reference

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Pick up The New York Public Library Literature Companion to check the dates of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past or to find out how James Joyce's Ulysses changed U.S. obscenity laws, and you may find yourself hours later absorbed in the imaginary worlds of Camelot and The Matrix or sidetracked by the fascinating history of The New Yorker. Designed to satisfy the curious browser as well as the serious researcher, this exciting new resource offers the most up-to-date information on literature available in English from around the world, from the invention of writing to the age of the computer. Interwoven throughout the more than 2,500 succinct and insightful entries on Creators, Works of Literature, and Literary Facts and Resources are the fascinating facts and quirky biographical details that make literature come alive. Readers will discover, for instance, that Walt Whitman was fired from his government job after his personal copy of Leaves of Grass was discovered in his desk by the Secretary of the Interior, who was scandalized by it; that James Baldwin remembered listening to blues singer Bessie Smith ("playing her till I fell asleep") when he was writing his first book; and that a publisher turned down the serialization rights to Gone with the Wind, saying, "Who needs the Civil War now -- who cares?" Looking for information about book burning or how many Nobel laureates have come from Japan? You'll find it here. Trying to remember the name of that movie based on a favorite book? Read the "Variations" section -- you'll be amazed at the pervasive presence of great literature in today's entertainment. From Aristophanes to Allende, from Bergson to Bloom, the biographical entries will inform readers about the men and women who have shaped -- and are shaping -- the literary world. Look into "Works of Literature" to discover the significance of Beowulf, The Fountainhead, Doctor Zhivago, and nearly 1,000 other titles. Check the "Dictionary of Literature" to find out what the critics and theorists are talking about. And if you wish to delve even deeper, "Websites for Literature" and "Literary Factbooks and Handbooks" are just two of the bibliographies that will point readers in the right direction. Unique in scope and design and easy to use, The New York Public Library Literature Companion will be at home on every reader's shelf. Whether you are immersed in Stephen King or King Lear, this book has the insights, facts, and fascinating stories that will enrich your reading forever. With four major research centers and 85 branch libraries, The New York Public Library is internationally recognized as one of the greatest institutions of its kind. Founded in 1895, the library now holds more than 50 million items, including several world-renowned collections of literary manuscripts and rare books. Among the books published from the library in recent years are The New York Public Library Desk Reference (1998); The Hand of the Poet (1997); Letters of Transit: Reflections on Exile, Identity, Language, and Loss (1999); A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing, 1960-1980 (1998); and Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Society in the Western World (2000).
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Philosophy and the Return to Self knowledge

Giacomo Leopardi , " The Wager of Prometheus , " in The Moral Essays : Operette morali , trans . Patrick Creagh ( New York : Columbia University Press , 1983 ) , 77-84 . 22. Jacques Ellul , The Technological Society , trans .

Author: Donald Phillip Verene

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300069995

Category: Philosophy

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Focusing in particular on the traditions of some of the late Greeks and the Romans, Renaissance humanism, and the thought of Giambattista Vico, this book's concern is to revive the ancient Delphic injunction "know thyself," an idea of civil wisdom that Verene finds has been missing since Descartes. The author recovers the meaning of the vital relations that poetry, myth, and rhetoric had with philosophy in thinkers like Cicero, Quintilian, Isocrates, Pico, Vives, and Vico.
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Florence Nightingale s Suggestions for Thought

The Moral Essays: Operette Morali, trans. Patrick Creagh. 2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press 1983. Locke, John. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, ed. A.C. Fraser. 2 vols. New York: Dover 1960 [1690].

Author: Lynn McDonald

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 1554582520

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Florence Nightingale’s Suggestions for Thought has intrigued readers from feminist-philosopher J.S. Mill (who used it in his The Subjection of Women) to the latest generation of women’s activists. Although selections from this long work have been published, Lynn McDonald is the first editor to work through the numerous surviving drafts of Nightingale’s writing and present it as a complete volume. Suggestions for Thought contains two early attempted novels, draft sermons, and a lengthy fictional dialogue featuring St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits, the American evangelical Jacob Abbott, and British agnostic Harriet Martineau (with cameo appearances by Protestant reformer John Calvin and the poet Shelley) all against an unnamed “M.S.” The most famous section of Suggestions for Thought is the essay Cassandra, famous as a rant against the family for stifling womens aspirations. Here the printed text is shown with the original novel draft alongside. McDonald’s introductions to each section provide historical context and Nightingales later views of the work. Currently, Volumes 1 to 11 are available in e-book version by subscription or from university and college libraries through the following vendors: Canadian Electronic Library, Ebrary, MyiLibrary, and Netlibrary.
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Reason and Its Others

Classe di scienze morali , storiche e filologiche . s . VIII 1 ( 1946 ) : 125–93 . Donne , John . The Complete English Poems . ... The Moral Essays : Operette Morali . Vol . 1. Trans . Patrick Creagh . New York : Columbia University ...

Author: David R. Castillo

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

ISBN: 0826515452

Category: History

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By exploring manifestations of normative and non-normative thinking in the geopolitical and cultural contexts of Early Modern Italy, Spain, and the American colonies, this volume hopes to encourage interdisciplinary discussions on the early modern notions of reason and unreason, good and evil, justice and injustice, center and periphery, freedom and containment, self and other.
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Writers Reading Writers

( Milan : Mondadori , 1988 ) ; and page numbers in The Moral EssaysOperette Morali [ ME ] , trans . Patrick Creagh ( New York : Columbia University Press , 1983 ) . ( I have myself translated from the sketch of the dialogue between ...

Author: Robert Hollander

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 0874139767

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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This volume is a collection of intertextual studies on medieval and early modern literature in honor of Robert Hollander by some of his former students. Writers are always also readers, responding to texts that have provoked their thought. The contributors to this volume all participate in its overarching theme: writers reading and responding to the work of other writers. As Hollander's work has focused especially on Dante and Boccaccio, many of the essays treat one of these writers, either as reading or as read by others. Other essays trace intertextual influences in Langland, Shakespeare, or post-Enlightenment writers faced with the loss of Dante's meaningful cosmos.
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Cassell Dictionary Italian Literature

Giuseppe e Domenico De Robertis (Milan: Mondadori, 1978); Operette morali, a cura di Cesare Galimberti (Naples: Guida ... London: University of California Press, 1982)—a bilingual edition; The Moral Essays: Operette Morali, trans.

Author: Peter Bondanella

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441150752

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Cassell Dictionary of Italian Literature includes some 400 entries on major and minor Italian writers from the twelfth century to the present day; on Italian metrics and poetic forms or genres; and on literary or critical schools, periods, problems and movements. In addition there are specific entries on Italian Literature, Film and art, as well as feminism, post-modernism and other topics of contemporary interest.
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Classics and Translation

Essays D. S. Carne-Ross Kenneth Haynes. 1984 “Messages from Elsewhere.” Partisan Review 51, no. ... Review of Leopardi, The Moral Essays, trans. Patrick Creagh (1983); Leopardi, Operette Morali: Essays and Dialogues, trans.

Author: D. S. Carne-Ross

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838757666

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 377

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D. S. Carne-Ross (1921-2010) was one of the finest critics of classical literature in English translation after Arnold. More than four decades of Carne-Ross's writings are represented in this volume, which includes criticism of both ancient and modern writers, in addition to historical-critical studies of translation, discriminating analyses of translators widely read today, and investigations in the relationship between translation, criticism, and literary creation. This book will appeal to a wide audience including classicists, specialists in reception and translation studies, students of comparative literature, and literary readers. Two chapters give readings of the Odyssey and the Oresteia; others focus on significant and influential translators of those works. Two long essays give extended accounts of two of the most widely read twentieth-century translators of Greek and Latin, Robert Fitzgerald and Richmond Lattimore; there are also incisive studies of translations by H.D., David Ferry, Christopher Logue and others. Some essays focus on a particular work, author, or genre in translation, for example, Pindar's Pythian 12, Horace, Greek tragedy, and Greek epigram. The first and the final chapters use translation as a point of departure in order to investigate questions about transfers between ancient and modern literatures. In all the essays, translated works are considered in their relation to Greek or Roman literature and also as contributions to English literature, as a source of innovation for it, or as a way of laying bare connections between past and present moments.
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Anna Maria Ortese

Francesca Billiani and Gigliola Sulis, 160–87. Madison; Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007. Leopardi, Giacomo. The Moral Essays: Operette morali. Trans. Patrick Creagh. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1983.

Author: Gian Maria Annovi

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442619234

Category: Literary Criticism

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After years of obscurity, Anna Maria Ortese (1914–1998) is emerging as one of the most important Italian authors of the twentieth-century, taking her place alongside such luminaries as Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, and Elsa Morante. Anna Maria Ortese: Celestial Geographies features a selection of essays by established Ortese scholars that trace her remarkable creative trajectory. Bringing a wide range of critical perspectives to Ortese’s work, the contributors to this collection map the author’s complex textual geography, with its overlapping literary genres, forms, and conceptual categories, and the rhetorical and narrative strategies that pervade Ortese’s many types of writing. The essays are complemented by material translated here for the first time: Ortese’s unpublished letters to her mentor, the writer Massimo Bontempelli; and an extended interview with Ortese by fellow Italian novelist Dacia Maraini.
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Animality in Contemporary Italian Philosophy

The Moral Essays: Operette Morali. Trans. Patrick Creagh. New York: Columbia University Press. ———. 1996. Canti.. Selected and Introduced by Franco Fortini. Trans. Paul Lawton. Dublin: UCD Foundation for Italian Studies. ———. 2015.

Author: Felice Cimatti

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030475079

Category: Philosophy

Page: 341

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This volume provides an overview of contemporary Italian philosophy from the perspective of animality. Its rationale rests on two main premises: the great topicality of both Italian contemporary philosophy (the so-called “Italian Theory”) and of the animal question (the so-called “animal turn” in the humanities and the social sciences) in the contemporary philosophical panorama. The volume not only intersects these two axes, illuminating Italian Theory through the animal question, but also proposes an original thesis: that the animal question is a central and founding issue of contemporary Italian philosophy. It combines historical-descriptive chapters with analyses of the theme in several philosophical branches, such as biopolitics, Posthumanism, Marxism, Feminism, Antispeciesism and Theology, and with original contributions by renowned authors of contemporary Italian (animal) philosophy. The volume is both historical-descriptive and speculative and is intended for a broad academic audience, embracing both Italian studies and Animal studies at all levels.
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Flower of the Desert

... and translated by Prue Shaw (Leeds: Northern Universities Press, 1998) and abbreviated as Shaw; many of Leopardi's letters are not included in Shaw's translation and the notes reflect this. l The Moral Essays (Operette morali) ...

Author: Antonio Negri

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438458472

Category: Philosophy

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A profound meditation on Leopardi’s art and thought as well as a reframing and reassertion of Negri’s own philosophical and political project of liberation. Antonio Negri, one of Italy’s most influential and controversial contemporary philosophers, offers in this book a radical new interpretation of the nineteenth-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi. For Negri, Leopardi is not the bitter, idealistic individualist of conventional literary history, but rather a profoundly materialist thinker who sees human solidarity as the only possible solution to the catastrophes of history and politics. Negri traces Leopardi’s resistance to the transcendental idealism of Kant and Hegel, with its emphasis on reason’s power to resolve real antagonisms into abstract syntheses, and his gradual development of a sophisticated poetic materialism focused on the constructive power of the imagination and its “true illusions.” Like Nietzsche (who admired him), Leopardi provides an alternative to modernity within modernity, expressing a force of rupture and recomposition—a uniquely Italian one—that is as relevant now as it was in the nineteenth century, and which connects to the theory of Empire as the political constitution of the present that Negri has elaborated in collaboration with Michael Hardt.
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Italian Literature Before 1900 in English Translation

Creagh writes: “Leopardi's use of language, especially in the Operette, is personal and often intricate, and in any attempt to update it I have found ... Michigan,USL,UTL 8338 LEOPARDI, Giacomo [Operette morali (1827)] The moral essays.

Author: Robin Healey

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442642690

Category: Literary Criticism

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"Italian Literature before 1900 in English Translation provides the most complete record possible of texts from the early periods that have been translated into English, and published between 1929 and 2008. It lists works from all genres and subjects, and includes translations wherever they have appeared across the globe. In this annotated bibliography, Robin Healey covers over 5,200 distinct editions of pre-1900 Italian writings. Most entries are accompanied by useful notes providing information on authors, works, translators, and how the translations were received. Among the works by over 1,500 authors represented in this volume are hundreds of editions by Italy's most translated authors - Dante Alighieri, [Niccoláo] Machiavelli, and [Giovanni] Boccaccio - and other hundreds which represent the author's only English translation. A significant number of entries describe works originally published in Latin. Together with Healey's Twentieth-Century Italian Literature in English Translation, this volume makes comprehensive information on translations accessible for schools, libraries, and those interested in comparative literature."--Pub. desc.
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