Petrarch: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works

December 2, 2020
Petrarch: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works

Although Francesco Petrarca (1304–74) is best known today forcementing the sonnet's place in literary history, he was also aphilosopher, historian, orator, and one of the foremost classicalscholars of his age. Petrarch: A Critical Guide to the CompleteWorks is the only comprehensive, single-volume source to whichanyone—scholar, student, or general reader—can turn for informationon each of Petrarch's works, its place in the poet's oeuvre, and acritical exposition of its defining features.A sophisticated but accessible handbook that illuminatesPetrarch's love of classical culture, his devout Christianity, hispublic celebrity, and his struggle for inner peace, thisencyclopedic volume covers both Petrarch's Italian and Latinwritings and the various genres in which he excelled: poem, tract,dialogue, oration, and letter. A biographical introduction andchronology anchor the book, making Petrarch an invaluableresource for specialists in Italian, comparative literature,history, classics, religious studies, the Middle Ages, and theRenaissance.