?The Gentlest Art' in Renaissance Italy: An Anthology of Italian Letters 1459?1600

?The Gentlest Art' in Renaissance Italy: An Anthology of Italian Letters 1459?1600

by K. T. Butler (Compiler)

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Overview

Originally published in 1954, this book is an anthology of 260 Italian letters written between 1459 and 1600 by some of the most prominent figures of the Renaissance, including Michelangelo, Cellini and Machiavelli. Butler divides the letters according to subject matter - news, family matters, reproach, and others - and charts the development of letter writing as a literary form, which flourished in Italy long before anywhere else. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the Renaissance or Italian history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107620193
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/08/2013
Pages: 406
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The family circle; 2. In friendship's name; 3. Descriptive and narrative letters; 4. Autobiographical letters; 5. News; 6. Letters of advice and worldly wisdom; 7. Reproach, complaint, abuse; 8. Art, literature, and learning; 9. Posts and professions; 10. Jesting letters; 11. Last letters; List of sources; Index.

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