Nineteenth-century British Biographies of Petrarch

Martin Mclaughlin

in Petrarch in Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264133
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734649 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy 146

Nineteenth-century British Biographies of Petrarch

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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

Chapter.  10028 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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