(1908–98). One of the most influential historians of Italian literature. He studied in Turin, moved to Oxford in 1947, and then to a chair of Italian in London in 1949. He was an eminent specialist of the 15th and 16th c. Among his main books are the editions of Pietro Bembo's works (1931–2), Gli umanisti e il volgare fra Quattrocento e Cinquecento (1968), and the three collections, Geografia e storia della letteratura italiana (1967), Machiavellerie (1980), and Appunti sui moderni (1988). He was unequalled in his ability to use the most exacting erudition as a tool for enlightening historical understanding. The recognition of the historical and geographical specificity of different traditions in Italian culture is the best-known legacy he bequeathed to Italian studies.
From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.