The Letters of Giacomo Leopardi, 1817-1837

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Northern Universities Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
Giacomo Leopardi, Italy's great poet of the Romantic age, is the author of some of the most beautiful and best-loved poems in the Italian language and some of the most remarkable letters in European literature. The interest of the letters is both biographical and literary: they document the background ?__ the difficult personal circumstances, the intense and troubled family relationships, the contacts and friendships with other writers ?__ against which a haunting and compelling poetic voice came to maturity. The letters, not previously available in English except fragmentarily, are here offered in a new translation undertaken to celebrate the poet's birth in 1798.

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About the author (1998)

Prue Shaw is emeritus reader in Italian studies at University College London and the editor of the edizione nazionale of Dante s Monarchia and of a digital edition of the Commedia. She lives in Cambridge, England.

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