Ciceronian Controversies (I Tatti Renaissance Library) available in Hardcover
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The most important literary dispute of the Renaissance pitted those writers of Neo-Latin who favored imitation of Cicero alone, as the single best exemplar of Latin prose, against those who preferred to follow an eclectic array of literary models. This Ciceronian controversy is the subject of the texts collected for the first time in this volume: exchanges of letters between Angelo Poliziano and Paolo Cortesi; between Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola and Pietro Bembo; and between Giovambattista Giraldi Cinzio and his mentor Celio Calcagnini. A postscript by Lilio Gregorio Giraldi and writings by Antonio Possevino comment further on this correspondence.
Because they address some of the most fundamental aspects of literary production, these quarrels shed light on similar debates about vernacular literature, which also turned on imitation and the role of the author. The Ciceronian controversy can also be seen as part of larger cultural movements, such as the choice of vernacular language over Latin, the development of Jesuit pedagogy, and the religious conflicts that characterized much of the Renaissance.
About the Author
JoAnn DellaNeva is Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame.
Brian Duvick is an Instructor in Philosophy, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Poliziano-Cortesi Exchange (mid-1480s)
1. Letter from Angelo Poliziano to Paolo Cortesi
2. Letter from Paolo Cortesi to Angelo Poliziano
Part II: The Pico-Bembo Exchange (1512/13)
3. Gianfrancesco Pico, On Imitation, to Pietro Bembo
4. Letter from Pietro Bembo to Gianfrancesco Pico
5. Letter from Gianfrancesco Pico to Pietro Bembo
Part III: The Cinzio-Calcagnini-Lilio Exchange (1532/37)
6. Letter from Giambattista Giraldi Cinzio to Celio Calcagnini
7. Letter from Celio Calcagnini to Giambattista Giraldi Cinzio
8. Celio Calcagnini, On Imitation, to Giambattista Giraldi Cinzio
9. Letter from Lilio Gregorio Giraldi to Giambattista Giraldi Cinzio
Part IV: The Possevino Treatises (1593/1603)
10. From the Cicero, On the Technique of Writing Letters: On the Art of Speaking, including Ecclesiastical Speech
11. From the Bibliotheca Selecta, Book 18: On the Art of Composing Letters
Note on the Text and Translation
Notes to the Texts
Notes to the Translation