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A fine book that should help frame the debate about humanism in the Renaissance.Douglas Biow, American Historical Review
"There is no doubt that with this book Celenza has drawn attention to a body of work that deserves far more attention than it has received and that offers exciting new avenues for historical study." -- Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"This impressive volume offers a fresh interpretation of Italian Renaissance learned culture and vindicates that culture's abiding importance... Lucid in its exposition of complex philosophical and linguistic theories, whether from the 15th century or the 20th, this exceptional book will help us to advance constructively to the 21st." -- Choice
"An intelligent, learned, and well-written historical and critical account of how we have failed over the past century to meet the challenge of fully appreciating, and making relevant to our own time, the neo-Latin culture of Renaissance Italy... A fine book that should help frame the debate about humanism in the Renaissance." -- Douglas Biow, American Historical Review
"An important, thought-provoking book, one which at least suggests an approach to Italian Renaissance humanism that can allow a group of important authors to speak in such a way that they can, finally, take their rightful place in the history of Western philosophy." -- Craig Kallendorf, British Journal for the History of Philosophy
"An original, engaging, well-written book." -- Michael J. B. Allen, Renaissance Quarterly
"A superbly well-conceived, original, and authoritative work. Christopher Celenza knows the literature extremely well and writes in clear and precise prose. I found this one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time." -- Edward Muir, Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University
Christopher S. Celenza is a professor of Romance languages at the Johns Hopkins University.
"A courageous book that aims at a broad audience and takes an orignal approach." -- Carol Quillen, Journal of Modern History
"Intellectually stimulating book." -- Charles G. Nauert, Sixteenth Century Journal
"For this sizable and important sector of academia, The Lost Italian Renaissance should be considered essential reading." -- Emily O'Brien, Erasmus of Rotterdam Society
In this groundbreaking work of intellectual history, Christopher Celenza argues that serious interest in the intellectual life of Renaissance Italy can be reinvigorated-and the nature of the Renaissance itself reconceived-by recovering a major part of its intellectual and cultural activity that has been largely ignored since the Renaissance was first "discovered": the vast body of works-literary, philosophical, poetic, and religious-written in Latin by major figures such as Leonardo Bruni, Lorenzo Valla, Marsilio Ficino, and Leon Battista Alberti, as well as minor but interesting thinkers like Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger.