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A Literary History of the Fourteenth Century

Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio – A Study of Their Times and Works – (Storia Letteraria del Trecento) – Translated with a Foreword by Vincenzo Traversa

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Natalino Sapegno

Any one wishing to investigate the literary development of the golden century of early Italian literature, the Trecento, must read Natalino Sapegno’s extensive writings on the subject, in particular his Storia Letteraria del Trecento (A Literary History of the Fourteenth Century). The original Italian edition appeared in April 1963 as part of the vast collection, La Letteratura Italiana – Storia e Testi (Italian Literature – History and Texts), directed by Raffaele Mattioli, Pietro Pancrazi, and Alfredo Schiaffini for the Riccardo Ricciardi publishing house. Storia Letteraria del Trecento focuses equally on Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio while minor writers are introduced in proportion to their importance and position in the cultural, historical, and social events of the time.
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Chapter Six: The Literature of the Minor Writers

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CHAPTER SIX

The Literature of the Minor Writers



The problem of a deep crisis and radical transformation of culture, customs and institutions whose main phases are noticeable in the superior art of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, may be seen also, at a much lower level, but endured rather than dominated, in the pleiad of minor and lowest poets through whom are expressed in an immediate, almost documentary form, contrasting sentiments as well as the various ambitions and simpler tastes of the century.

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