Book of the Courtier: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

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Overview

The Book of the Courtier (1528) is a series of fictional conversations by courtiers of the Duke of Urbino that takes place in 1507, while Castiglione was himself attaché to the Duke.
Today the Book remains the most reliable and illuminating account of Renaissance court life and of what it took to be the "Perfect Courtier" and "Court Lady." The Singleton translation—the most acclaimed and accurate available—is accompanied by annotations. "Criticism" features ten essays on The Book of the Courtier, which represent the best interpretations from the United States, Italy, and England including the backgrounds-rich essays by Amedeo Quondam and James Hankins. A Selected Bibliography, a Chronology, and an Index are included.

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<:st>This 16th-century treatise on etiquette, social problems, and intellectual accomplishments is cited in . Here, the Singleton translation is accompanied by 10 critical and historical works, a Castiglione chronology, and a select bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393976069
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 357,788
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Javitch is Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. He is the author of Poetry and Courtliness in Renaissance England, Proclaiming a Classic: The Canonization of Orlando Furioso, and is at work on a book tentatively entitled Thinking About Genre in the Sixteenth Century. He has been, since 1972, a director of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Charles S. Singleton was Professor Emeritus of Hispanic and Italian Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He also translated Boccaccio’s Decameron and Dante’s The Divine Comedy, and was awarded Italy’s Order of Commendation for his contributions to the study of Italian literature.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
The Text of The Book of the Courtier 1
The Book of the Courtier 3
Index of Persons and Items 261
Criticism 281
On the Genesis of the Book of the Courtier 283
Sprezzatura and the Absence of Grace 295
Castiglione's Cortegiano: The Dialogue as a Drama of Doubt 307
Il Cortegiano and the Constraints of Despotism 319
The Portrait of the Courtier in Castiglione 328
Did Women Have a Renaissance? 340
Courtier, Prince, Lady: The Design of the Book of the Courtier 352
Ottaviano's Interruption 366
Renaissance Philosophy and Book IV of Il Cortegiano 377
The Courtier Abroad: Or, the Uses of Italy 388
Baldassare Castiglione: A Chronology 401
Selected Bibliography 403
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