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Poems and Selected Letters (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) Paperback – February 15, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0226259871 ISBN-10: 0226259870 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe
  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (February 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226259870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226259871
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Italian (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Veronica Franco was one of the foremost poets of her time--her time being the 1600s--and her place being Venice. It is amazing that it has taken this long for a volume of her poetry and prose to make it into English. Witty, erotic, playful, sophisticated: such is her poetry, by and large. The woman had a wicked tongue and a busy pen. This volume is a must for anyone interested in the history of literary women.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Veronica's work is much too hard to find, but this book made the search worth while. As with well reproduced Italian poetry, being able to read it both as it was written and in English is pleasure. We can all relate to some of the things she writes regarding missing home and affairs of the heart, especially the pain we suffer when we are parted from these two things. The translation was superb to the point of finding it hard to believe the words were penned four centuries ago.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "hawkeye26583" on December 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Though some of the letters included in this book are quite hard to get through without having a coffee break, the poems are absolutely fascinating. They are filled with passion and mystery. The majority of poems to or from lovers of Veronica Franco in this book are unknown, which leaves the beauty of being able to make up your own mind. This title doesn't focus so much on her life so if your after history of Veronica then another title might be more suitable. Otherwise this is well worth the buy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Veronica Franco had an unbelieveable ability to write-beautifully translated and expressed in Poems and Selected Letters (Other Voice in Early Modern Europe). Margaret F. Rosenthal put this book together with careful thinking, allowing it's readers to skip to different poems and letters easily. I am not reviewing Ms. Rosenthal as much as I am Veronica Franco in her writing. The poetry is revolved around her daily events, none out of the ordinary. My particular favorite being Capitulo 13-A Challenge To A Lover Who Has Offended Her. Excellent for those interested in this portion of history, a Courtesan's life, and one who loves poetry. Very beautiful! I rated it 4 out of 5 stars-it only lacks the one star because it take a working brain to relate the poetry to what it actually means. But once done, it is well worth the time. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan E. Nicholas on May 16, 2011
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Indeed, you can't but love this title and 16th century woman and verse found here. Especially if you are a poet at heart. Or if you love attractive women who take beauty and brains to a place of spirituality and power.

The editor and compiler, Ann Rosalind Jones, brings back the old Veronica Franco poems and letters from centuries past, gives them a great context. Indeed see the 1998 movie too, Dangerous Beauty by director Marshall Herskovitz and writers Margaret Rosenthal and Jeannine Dominywhich staring Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell and Oliver Platt. I must confess the movie inspired me to buy this book. But I remain a great lover of erotic verse from all the centuries.

In my short life I've been fortunate to get to know academically a couple retired courtesans, sex workers and educators who now write and teach. I so love their minds and wisdom, ever as much as the many men and women who loved their hearts and bodies... and paid a lot more than I did to get value from these women of the evening. They remain for me priestesses of a world that will always be somehow divine. I'd love to have had coffee and hung out with this beauty!

So, a wonderful book to add to your poetry shelf. This quote alone will make you fall in love with a woman born perhaps too soon.

"When we too are armed and trained, we can convince men that we have hands, feet, and a heart like yours; and although we may be delicate and soft, some men who are delicate are also strong; and others, coarse and harsh, are cowards. Women have not yet realized this, for if they should decide to do so, they would be able to fight you until death; and to prove that I speak the truth, amongst so many women, I will be the first to act, setting an example for them to follow."
--Veronica Franco
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on January 24, 2009
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Veronica Franco is a woman whose thoughts and deeds have escaped the destruction of vicious men and time. Circumstances led her to lead the life of a courtesan, and her great brain and great body allowed her to see clearly and live well in an era when almost all women, rich and poor, were the chattel of men. Franco's poetry and her letters survive to shed light on a society was leading the Renaissance although it still had many characteristics in common with today's Taliban. Franco is a quiet heroine who was not afraid of her ideas and not ashamed of her sex or of sex. A great lady!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By keithaleo@flaphil.com on January 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
Rosenthal helps the reader bring Veronica Franco, a woman courtesan (a "high society" prostitute)and poet, of the 1500's to life through her poetry. The current movie, "Dangerous Beauty" with Katherine McCormick, is a hollywood version of Veronia Franco's life. The introduction of the book is a brief but interesting and is an important part of understanding the poetry. Rosenthal gives you many details and interesting facts behind the the poetry. She also provides the reader with an understanding of life in Venice in the 1500's, often important in interpreting the poetry. Unfortunatly, Rosenthal's writing style is cold and heavy reading. It reminds me of graduate school texts. Fortunatly the subject matter kept my interest. Franco was an amazing person and is well represented in her poetry and by Rosenthal words.
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