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My Secret Book, Hardback Book


Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), one of the greatest of Italian poets, was also the leading spirit in the Renaissance movement to revive literary Latin, the language of the Roman Empire, and Greco-Roman culture in general.

My Secret Book (Secretum) records "the private conflict of my thoughts," in the form of a dialogue between Franciscus and Augustinus in the presence of a beautiful woman, Truth personified.

The discussion reveals remarkable self-awareness as Petrarca probes and evaluates the springs of his own morally dubious addictions to Fame and Love.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780674003460



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