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Abstract

Simona Lorenzini provides in this slim volume the first critical edition,
based on all the extant manuscripts, of Giovanni del Virgilio's eclogue addressed
to Albertino Mussato (1327) and the bucolic correspondence between
Giovanni Boccaccio and Checco di Meletto Rossi (ca. 1347-48). Although
Boccaccio's cannina have been conscientiously edited before now
(most notably by Massera in 1928 and by Velli in 1992), Lorenzini returns
to this literary exchange afresh, this time setting the letters into their
proper epistolary context in order to illustrate "[i]I loro significato complessivo
che emerge solo dalla considerazione dei rapporti interni e della
rispondenza reciproca tra Ie quattro egloghe, Ie quali sono da considerare
come un unicum poetico appartenente al sottogenere delle 'corrispondenze
bucoliche'" (viii). To understand the real contribution of this edition,
one must recall that these brief poems represent an important chapter
in the history of fourteenth-century humanistic culture.

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