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Sarra Copia and Ansaldo Cebà

in Jewish Poet and Intellectual in Seventeenth-Century Venice

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780226779881
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226779874 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226779874.003.0003
Sarra Copia and Ansaldo Cebà

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This part includes Ansaldo Cebà's correspondence, a series of letters in response largely to Sarra Copia Sulam's that are no longer extant. What Cebà says in his correspondence inevitably throws light on (much of) what Copia must have said in hers. Cebà dedicated his letters, in their printed copy, to a dear friend, the philanthropist, avid republican politician, and literary enthusiast Marc'Antonio Doria. His Lettere . . . scritte a Sarra Copia e dedicate a Marc'Antonio Doria was published in Genoa by Giuseppe Pavoni in 1623. Its fifty-three letters, which include two to Giacomo Rosa, who visited Copia, and one to her husband, Jacob Sulam, cover the period 1618–1622. Of the poems they contain, Cebà reproduced four sonnets out of what must have been a considerably larger number by Copia, one sonnet by an unnamed person from her circle of friends, and, of his own authorship, thirteen sonnets, six madrigals, and two multistrophic canzoni (one in twenty stanzas, the other in fifty). Though no longer extant, the original letters by Copia and Rosa have been partially reconstructed from Cebà's responses.

Keywords: Ansaldo Cebà; correspondence; letters; Sarra Copia Sulam; sonnets; Marc'Antonio Doria; Giacomo Rosa; poems; madrigals; canzoni

Chapter.  65956 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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