Petrarch's Later Years

Petrarch's Later Years

Petrarch's Later Years

Petrarch's Later Years

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This book concludes the intimate biography of Petrarch begun in the chapter on Petrarch in Provence, 1351-1353 in my Studies in the Life and Works of Petrarch and continued in Petrarch's Eight Years in Milan. It supersedes the summary of Petrarch's life and work after leaving Milan that constitutes the last chapter of the latter book. As in that book, the attempt has been made to utilize all existing evidence as to Petrarch's outer and inner experiences during the years concerned, and to present those experiences as nearly as possible in the order in which they entered into his life. As in that book, also, the biographical narrative is interspersed with detailed discussions of matters that have been objects of controversy or have not received due notice.

Passages from Petrarch's prose writings are quoted in Latin in cases in which his ipsissima verba are thought to be of argumentative importance or of special interest or of notable literary quality, and in English if the passage in question is quoted only for its general content.

E. H. W.

Newton Centre, Massachusetts . . .

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