An Anthology of Italian Authors from Cavalcanti to Fogazzaro: (1270-1907) with Biographical Sketches

An Anthology of Italian Authors from Cavalcanti to Fogazzaro: (1270-1907) with Biographical Sketches

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An Anthology of Italian Authors from Cavalcanti to Fogazzaro: (1270-1907) with Biographical Sketches

An Anthology of Italian Authors from Cavalcanti to Fogazzaro: (1270-1907) with Biographical Sketches

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No literature is fully and fairly represented by its great authors alone. Nor are the great authors themselves fully represented unless the reader is enabled to make some acquaintance with their countrymen of less renown that have sung the smaller (and sometimes sweeter) songs of love, home, or heroism, or have preserved in genre the everyday life of their own times. An educator’s pupils are a part of his works, and the minor authors are nearly all pupils of the schools founded by those

“Whose distant footsteps echo
Through the corridors of Time.”

That would be an imperfect presentation of English poetry which should take no notice of Collins, Gray, Chatterton, Hood, Mrs. Hemans, orwould perform an incomplete service to Italian letters should they fail to give the reader something from the works of Cardinal Bembo, Lorenzo the Magnificent, Vittoria Colonna, Gaspara Stampa, Carducci, Verga, Fogazzaro, Ada Negri and others, who have a permanent though less conspicuous place in the literature of their country. But this volume is not drawn entirely from minor authors. a few whose rank is higher are represented here because the scope of the series, or the peculiarity of their work, prevented us from assigning to them an entire volume.

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