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Author photo. Credit: George Jansoone, 2005, Florence, Italy

Credit: George Jansoone, 2005, Florence, Italy

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Canzoniere 644 copies, 9 reviews
Petrarch's Lyric Poems 203 copies, 3 reviews
Secretum (Author) 158 copies, 1 review
The Poetry of Petrarch 131 copies, 4 reviews
The Ascent of Mont Ventoux 57 copies, 3 reviews
Trionfi (Author) 49 copies
Sonnetten en andere gedichten 33 copies, 1 review
Het geheim 23 copies
Kärleksdikter 20 copies, 1 review
Brieven 19 copies, 1 review
Sonnetten 15 copies
L'Africa 14 copies
Opere 10 copies
Cancionero II 10 copies
Lauweringsrede 10 copies
Il codice degli abbozzi (Author) 8 copies
Le senili 7 copies
Prose 6 copies
Le familiari 4 copies
Il Canzoniere 4 copies
Gabbiani 4 copies
Vita di Petrarca (Author) 4 copies
Opere latine (Author) 4 copies
Poesie latine 3 copies
Epistole (Author) 3 copies
Letters 3 copies
Sonnets 3 copies
Petrarca 3 copies
Obra poética 2 copies
Libro primo 2 copies
Madonna Laura 2 copies
Poesie 2 copies
Obras 2 copies
Rime e trionfi (Author) 2 copies
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Selections 1 copy
Antologia 1 copy
Poesía 1 copy
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Francesco Petrarca or Petrarch is called the father of Italian humanism. His earliest years were spent in Tuscany. His father, a law clerk, moved the family to Pisa and later to Avignon, France, then a seat of the Papacy. He was trained at the universities of Montpellier and Bologna for the legal profession but disliked it as a career and instead devoted himself to literature. He took minor clerical orders and entered the service of Cardinal Colonna. It was at Avignon in 1327 that Petrarch saw for the first time Laura, the lady who was to be the inspiration of his famous love poetry. His work was admired throughout Europe and became a model for other writers such as Boccaccio and Dante. Both Laura and Cardinal Colonna died in 1348; Petrarch thereafter became dedicated to the cause of Italian unification, pleaded for the return of the Popes to Rome, and served the Visconti family of Milan.
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