COVID-19 Response at Fishpond

Read what we're doing...



Product Description
Product Details

About the Author

Christopher S. Celenza is Dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. His previous books include Machiavelli: A Portrait (2015) and The Lost Italian Renaissance: Humanists, Historians, and Latin's Legacy (2004).


"The striking appeal of Celenza's study is how the scattered worlds of Petrarch are brought together in vigorous unity--the passionate classicist haunted by a yearning for modernity, the Tuscan love poet whose melodious sonnets for Laura would be imitated for centuries, the restless Augustinian pilgrim, and the self-conscious yet enigmatic spider in a network of powerful friends and acquaintances. In his elegant and poetic style, Celenza combines reader-friendliness with scholarly sophistication and depth. This is a timely intellectual biography written by one of today's leading Renaissance scholars."--Unn Falkeid, University of Oslo, author of "The Avignon Papacy Contested: An Intellectual History from Dante to Catherine of Siena" "Easily the best and most accessible life of Petrarch to appear in English in a century. . . . The book's main strength is its literary sensitivity; Celenza finds echoes of Petrarch's life in a far wider array of his writings than marquee sonnets--his various treatises, essays, and Latin verse all receive refreshingly intelligent integration into the broader narrative. . . . The book's most memorable Petrarch is also its best achievement: the man himself, querulous, self-doubting, eager for fame but distrustful of it. That Petrarch very much does speak to our own age, and in these pages by Celenza, he finally gets a life of his own."--Steve Donoghue "National " "[Petrarch] himself turned again and again in his writings to the flaws of humanity. Celenza exposes the Italian writer's flaws throughout his book, while simultaneously eliciting pity and respect. If Petrarch's a 'misunderstood' man, then this book makes us want to understand him, contradictions and all."--Times Higher Education

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
Home » Books » Biography » Literary
Home » Books » History » Europe » Italy
Home » Books » History » Renaissance
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top