My Secret Book Hardback
Edited by Nicholas Mann
Part of the The I Tatti Renaissance Library series
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: 07/06/2016
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780674003460