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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263945

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263945.001.0001

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Dante’s Epistle to Cangrande and its Two Authors

Dante’s Epistle to Cangrande and its Two Authors

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(p.195) Dante’s Epistle to Cangrande and its Two Authors
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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures
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CARLO GINZBURG

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263945.003.0008

This chapter discusses a new interpretation of an epistle to Cangrande della Scala, a lord of Verona. For over a century, the question of whether Dante wrote the epistle or not has been the object of a passionate scholarly debate. The new interpretation of the epistle presented in the chapter focuses on the role played by Giovanni Boccaccio in promoting the literary cult of Dante.

Keywords:   epistle, Cangrande della Scala, scholarly debate, authorship of the epistle, new interpretation, literary cult, Dante, Giovanni Boccaccio, Epistle to Cangrande

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