Chapter

“Notices from Parnassus”

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/9780226779874.003.0005
“Notices from Parnassus”

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This part deals with “Notices from Parnassus,” a mixed biographical and fictitious account in which Sarra Copia Sulam is defended against the false accusations of two persons who enjoyed her benevolence but turned against her while in her service and spread false rumors about her when she denounced them to the authorities. The “Notices” are a mixture of prose and verse preserved in an extended manuscript of a hundred plus folios. They relate the events that transpired after Copia appointed Numidio Paluzzi as her teacher and advisor in matters of language and a seeming editor of her works. She rewarded him generously for his services, yet Paluzzi, together with his valet friend Alessandro Berardelli, the laundress Paola Furlana, her three sons, and a young black kitchen maid (Arnolfa by name), originally a Spanish Moor who under duress converted to Christianity, systematically robbed her of her possessions (money, jewelry, household objects). This part includes a dedicatory letter written by Giulia Solinga to Marco Trevisan, as well as sonnets presumably written by Solinga and others.

Keywords: Sarra Copia Sulam; sonnets; Numidio Paluzzi; Alessandro Berardelli; Giulia Solinga; Marco Trevisan

Chapter.  69584 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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