Angelo Decembrio


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(?1415–after 1467). Humanist younger brother of Pier Candido Decembrio, and a pupil of Guarino da Verona. He was at the court of Leonello d'Este in Ferrara from 1441 to 1450. This provided the setting for his best-known work, the fictional dialogues Politiae literariae. The interlocutors, who include Leonello and Guarino, discuss all kinds of literary matters, from building an ideal public library to detecting forgeries and unravelling classical metre. The dialogue promotes classical learning only and dismisses medieval authors, including the vernacular poets and narrators who formed the backbone of court culture.

From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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