Sonnets for Michelangelo: A Bilingual Edition

Paperback | June 1, 2005

byVittoria Colonna

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The most published and lauded woman writer of early sixteenth-century Italy, Vittoria Colonna (1490–1547) in effect defined what was the "acceptable" face of female authorship for her time. Hailed by the generation's leading male literati as an equal, she was praised both for her impeccable command of Petrarchan style and for the unimpeachable chastity and piety of the persona she promoted through her literary works.

This book presents for the very first time a body of Colonna's verse that reveals much about her poetic aims and outlook, while also casting new light on one of the most famous friendships of the age. Sonnets for Michelangelo, originally presented in manuscript form to her close friend Michelangelo Buonarroti as a personal gift, illustrates the striking beauty and originality of Colonna's mature lyric voice and distinguishes her as a poetic innovator who would be widely imitated by female writers in Italy and Europe in the sixteenth century. After three centuries of relative neglect, this new edition promises to restore Colonna to her rightful place at the forefront of female cultural production in the Renaissance.

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The most published and lauded woman writer of early sixteenth-century Italy, Vittoria Colonna (1490–1547) in effect defined what was the "acceptable" face of female authorship for her time. Hailed by the generation's leading male literati as an equal, she was praised both for her impeccable command of Petrarchan style and for the unimp...

Abigail Brundin is a lecturer in the Department of Italian at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of St. Catharine's College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:June 1, 2005Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226113922

ISBN - 13:9780226113920

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on the Translation
Series Editors' Introduction
Volume Editor's Introduction
Volume Editor's Bibliography
Colonna's Sonnets for Michelangelo with English translations on facing pages
Notes
Series Editors' Bibliography
Index of First Lines
General Index