THE I TATTI RENAISSANCE LIBRARY
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My Secret Book

Francesco Petrarca

Edited and translated by Nicholas Mann

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HARDCOVER

$29.95 • £19.95 • €21.00

ISBN 9780674003460

Publication Date: 06/13/2016

Academic Trade

304 pages

5-1/4 x 8 inches

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Francesco Petrarca (1304–1374), one of the greatest of Italian poets, was also the leading spirit in the Renaissance movement to revive literary Latin, the language of the Roman Empire, and Greco-Roman culture in general. My Secret Book (Secretum) records “the private conflict of my thoughts,” in the form of a dialogue between Franciscus and Augustinus in the presence of a beautiful woman, Truth personified. The discussion reveals remarkable self-awareness as Petrarca probes and evaluates the springs of his own morally dubious addictions to Fame and Love.

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