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Petrarch in BritainInterpreters, Imitators, and Translators over 700 years$
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Martin McLaughlin, Letizia Panizza, and Peter Hainsworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264133

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.001.0001

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Nineteenth-century British Biographies of Petrarch

Nineteenth-century British Biographies of Petrarch

(p.318) (p.319) 19 Nineteenth-century British Biographies of Petrarch
Petrarch in Britain

Martin Mclaughlin

British Academy

This chapter documents the extraordinary enthusiasm for biographies of Petrarch in Great Britain in the three-quarters of a century between 1775 and 1850. It explains that during the late eighteenth century Petrarch was more popular than Dante in Britain but Dante soon eclipsed his successor after the rise of Romanticism. It considers works on Petrarch including those of Ugo Foscolo and Walter Savage Landor and suggests some reasons why Petrarch's popularity died out in Britain so suddenly and so radically in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   Petrarch, biographies, Great Britain, Dante, Romanticism, Ugo Foscolo, Walter Savage Landor

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