Excerpt from The Influence of Italian Upon English Literature: During the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries In the following pages an attempt is made to estimate accurately the nature and extent of the influence exercised by Italy upon the English writers of the Elizabethan and Stuart periods. General remarks upon the Renaissance and its developments in different parts of Europe have been avoided, except where they served to illustrate the special subject of consideration. So much has been written upon the Renaissance that it seemed unnecessary to repeat what has already received all but universal recognition. But it is possible to show almost exactly how much English Literature owes to Italy, as distinct from the debt due to other countries, and from the undefinable influences which are abroad in an age like that of the Renaissance. To show when and how this debt commenced, how it accumulated, and what the consequences were to the debtor is the object of this essay. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.