LORENZO DA PONTE ITALIAN LIBRARY

Although sporadic translations of Italian authors have been published in English, an organized collection of Italian texts integral to contemporary Anglo-American culture has not yet been established. This series makes available to English audiences ground-breaking works by Italian authors who have made significant literary, philosophical, or historical contributions. It includes works by authors already recognized in Anglo-American culture but currently unavailable in English (Aretino, Bruno, Machiavelli, Pirandello, Verga); works that promote Anglo-Italian dialogue (Aretino, Florio, Leone Ebreo, Leopardi, Nievo, Platina, Serao); works largely unknown in English (Andreini, Artusi, Beccaria, Galliani, Goldoni); works by Italian humanists who have influenced Anglo-American letters (Alberti, Petrarch, Piccolomini, Della Porta); works by internationally influential Italian theorists and essayists (Bobbio, Bodei, Cafiero, Cattaneo, Croce, Gobetti, Salvemini); and select works by non-Italian authors who have significantly shaped Italy’s image in the world (Douglas, Heine, Montesquieu, de Sade, Stendhal, Twain).


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Those Who from Afar Look Like Flies: An Anthology of Italian Poetry from Pasolini to the Present, Tome 1, 1956-1975
Those Who from Afar Look Like Flies: An Anthology of Italian Poetry from Pasolini to the Present, Tome 1, 1956-1975

Edited by Luigi Ballerini and Beppe Cavatorta
Foreword by Marjorie Perloff

Those Who from Afar Look Like Flies is an anthology of poems and essays that aims to provide an organic profile of the evolution of Italian poetry after World War II.
Published Jul 2017
Selected Poems and Prose
Selected Poems and Prose
By Guittone d’Arezzo
Selected, Translated and with an Introduction by Antonello Borra

The poems and prose included in this volume are emblematic of the two phases of Guittone’s career: he first achieved fame as a secular love poet but following his conversion in the 1260s he became a renowned religious poet

Published Feb 2017
Five Comedies
Five Comedies
By Carlo Goldoni, Edited by Gianluca Rizzo and Michael Hackett, with Brittany Asaro, Introduction by Michael Hackett, with an essay by Cesare de Michelis

Five Comedies collects a selection of Goldoni’s finest plays, annotated and translated into English: The New House, The Coffee House, and “The Holiday Trilogy” (Off to the Country, Adventures in the Country, and Back from the Country.

Published Mar 2016
Merchant Writers: Florentine Memoirs from the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Merchant Writers: Florentine Memoirs from the Middle Ages and Renaissance
By Vittore Branca
Translated by Murtha Baca
With a biographical essay by Cesare de Michelis

This new English translation of Merchant Writers includes all the texts from the original Italian edition in their entirety. Moreover, it offers a gripping personal introduction to the mercantile world of medieval and Renaissance Florence.

Published Oct 2015
Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799
Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799
By Vincenzo Cuoco Edited and Introduced by Bruce Haddock and Filippo Sabetti Translated by David Gibbons

In his Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799, Cuoco synthesized the work of Machiavelli, Vico, and Enlightenment philosophers to offer an explanation for why and how revolutions succeed or fail.

Published Nov 2014
Dante's Lyric Poetry: Poems of Youth and of the 'Vita Nuova'
Dante's Lyric Poetry: Poems of Youth and of the 'Vita Nuova'

Edited with a General Introduction and Introductory Essays to the Lyrics by Teodolinda Barolini
Verse translations by Richard Lansing
Commentary translated from Italian by Andrew Frisardi

A wide-ranging and intelligent examination of one of the most important poets in the Western tradition, this book will be of interest to scholars and poetry-lovers alike.

Published Sep 2014
Writings on the Sober Life: The Art and Grace of Living Long
Writings on the Sober Life: The Art and Grace of Living Long
By Alvise Cornaro
Translated by Hiroko Fudemoto
Introduction by Marisa Milani
Foreword by Greg Critser

This edition offers the most coherent, uncensored, and complete rendering of this Early Modern classic ever available in English.

Published Feb 2014
On the Heroic Frenzies
On the Heroic Frenzies
Giordano Bruno
A Translation of De gli eroici furori by Ingrid D. Rowland
Text edited by Eugenio Canone

This vibrant bilingual edition, annotated by celebrated Bruno scholar Ingrid D. Rowland, features the text in its original Italian alongside an elegant, accurate English translation.

Published Sep 2013
John Florio: A Worlde of Wordes
John Florio: A Worlde of Wordes
A Critical Edition with an Introduction by Hermann W. Haller

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.

Published Mar 2013
On the Causes of the Greatness and Magnificence of Cities
On the Causes of the Greatness and Magnificence of Cities
By Giovanni Botero
Translated and with an introduction by Geoffrey W. Symcox

This edition of the treatise – which includes an introduction by Geoffrey W. Symcox on the intellectual context within which it was conceived – is a must-read for anyone interested in the life of cities both historical and contemporary.

Published Oct 2012