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- DescriptionAlessandro Manzoni was a giant of nineteenth-century European literature whose I promessi sposi (The Betrothed, 1928) is ranked with War and Peace as marking the summit of the historical vel. Manzoni wrote Del romanzo storico ( On the Historical Novel ) during the twenty years he spent revising I promessi sposi. This first English translation of On the Historical Novel reflects the insights of a great craftsman and the misgivings of a profound thinker. It brings up to the nineteenth century the long war between poetry and history, tracing the idea of the historical vel from its origins in classical antiquity. It declares the historical vel-and presumably I promessi sposi itself-dead as a genre. Or perhaps it justifies I promessi sposi as the climax of a genre and the end of a stage of human consciousness. Its importance lies both in its prospective and in its retrospective contributions to literary debate.
- Author BiographySandra Bermann is a professor of comparative literature at Princeton University and the author of The Sonnet over Time: A Study in the Sonnets of Petrarch, Shakespeare, and Baudelaire. Her introduction illuminates Manzoni's career and his historical and contemporary significance. Manzoni's original notes are retained and expanded, and additional notes are supplied for present-day readers.
- Author(s)Alessandro Manzoni
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/06/1984
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Noteindex
- Weight185 g
- Width133 mm
- Height204 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Translated bySandra Bermann
- Introduction bySandra Bermann
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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