John Florio: A Worlde of Wordes

John Florio: A Worlde of Wordes

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A Critical Edition with an Introduction by Hermann W. Haller
Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2013
World Rights
856 Pages
ISBN 9781442645806
Published Mar 2013
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A Worlde of Wordes, the first-ever comprehensive Italian-English dictionary, was published in 1598 by John Florio. One of the most prominent linguists and educators in Elizabethan England, Florio was greatly responsible for the spreading of Italian letters and culture throughout educated English society. Especially important was Florio’s dictionary, which – thanks to its exuberant wealth of English definitions – made it initially possible for English readers to access Italy’s rich Renaissance literary and scientific culture.

Award-winning author Hermann W. Haller has prepared the first critical edition of A Worlde of Wordes, which features 46,000 Italian entries – among them dialect forms, erotic terminology, colloquial phrases, and proverbs of the Italian language. Haller reveals Florio as a brilliant English translator and creative writer, as well as a grammarian and language teacher. His helpful critical commentary highlights Florio’s love of words and his life-long dedication to promoting Italian language and culture abroad.

Hermann W. Haller is a professor of Italian at Queens College and in the PhD Program of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He was the recipient of the inaugural Modern Language Association Scaglione Publication Award for his book The Other Italy: The Literary Canon in Dialect.


Editorial Criteria

Corrections to the 1598 Printed Version


A Worlde of Wordes

Epistle Dedicatorie

To the Reader

The Names of the Bookes and Auctors


‘Hermann Haller’s critical edition is a boon to linguistic historians and literary scholars alike.’

Mary Migliozzi, Italica vol 92:02:2015