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The Italian Renaissance Reader (Meridian) Paperback – Bargain Price, November 13, 1987

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

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Mark Musa is a professor at the Center for Italian Studies at Indiana University. A former Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow, Musa is the author of a highly acclaimed translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Meridian
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (November 13, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452010136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452010130
  • ASIN: B004KABHK8
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,753,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Doreen Mace on February 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book to introduce students to prominent Italian Renaissance authors and their works. These particular selections cover a broad range of literary works that promote readers to want to further read more from these writers. For example, one could discover an interest in Boccaccio's "The Decameron" through reading a couple of the stories and that person may then want to also read the full translation by Mark Musa. This book acquaints readers to works where they may have once had no previous familiarity, yet after discovery, people can gain a love of these influential Renaissance thinkers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Barone on November 19, 2012
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As students become less and less familiar with the fundamental documents of Westrn culture this anthology provides a needed introduction and preliminary source book for that seminal period in which that tradition was shaped. There is sufficient material on Petrarch,Boccaccio,Macchiavelli,Castiglione, and Cellini to form some idea as to what they were about and it should encourage the interested reader to dig deeper into the sources. However, I was unpleasantly surprised to see nothing from Ariosto or Tasso in the collection. These were two of the most important and influentioal poets of our culture, and from a purely literary standpoint two of the worlds major artists. I realize that every anthology requires a screening process, but surely an additional 50 pages devoted to these two essential influential authors would have been appropriate.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Kropf on February 13, 2008
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The editors have little to add, and little has been added indeed, beyond the included works.
Choices will be arbitrary in any such compilation and some could be called into question here.
For the reader who wants a particularly large dose of Benevenuto Cellini and is not bothered by the lack of any of Alberti's tracts on Art or Architecture, this volume is economical and well translated. Perhaps somewhat more flexibility in selections could have been made for my tastes.
The reader will certainly get a flavor for the period writings in a very economical and easily accessed format that is not easily found elsewhere.
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