Antonio Malatesti, 'La Tina: equivoci rusticali'

Antonio Malatesti, 'La Tina: equivoci rusticali'

Antonio Malatesti
Edited by Davide Messina
Volume: 41
Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 124
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    Antonio Malatesti, 'La Tina: equivoci rusticali'
    Book Description:

    The Florentine poet Antonio Malatesti (1610–1672) earned a brief but significant mention in the earliest history of Italian literature for his contributions to the renewal of the sonnet form in two genres, enigmatography and dithyrambic poetry. In more recent times, his name has cropped up most frequently because of a sequence of fifty bawdy sonnets entitled La Tina: equivoci rusticali, which Malatesti dedicated and presented to the young John Milton on the occasion of his visit to Florence in 1638. The dedication manuscript disappeared soon after Milton’s death and remained practically unknown until 1757, when it was found on a bookstall in London and copied as a curiosity. Then it disappeared again, and some scholars even suggested that it had never existed. The present critical edition is based on the rediscovered autograph manuscript dedicated to Milton. The sonnets are furnished with linguistic footnotes and prefaced by a note on the author from a previously unknown copy by Giuseppe Baretti (1719–1789). A comprehensive introduction sheds light on the history of the manuscript, using new archival research, and it contributes to a wider understanding of Malatesti’s minor but exemplary position in the history of seventeenth-century Italian literature.

    eISBN: 978-1-78188-174-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-v)
    (pp. vi-vi)
    (pp. vii-viii)
    (pp. 1-47)

    The Florentine poet Antonio Malatesti (1610–1672) merits a brief mention in the firstStoria della letteratura italiana, compiled by the Jesuit bibliographer Girolamo Tiraboschi, for his original contributions to the renewal of the sonnet form in two particular genres of the Tuscan tradition: enigmatography, with his popular collection of riddles entitledLa Sfinge, first published in 1640; and dithyrambic poetry, with hisBrindisi de’ Ciclopi, first published posthumously in 1673.² In more recent times, however, his name crops up most frequently in early modern English studies, because of a sequence of fifty equivocal sonnets in the rustic style entitled...

    (pp. 49-52)
    Giuseppe Baretti

    Antonio Malatesti cittadino fiorentino discese da un’antica e riguardevole famiglia distinta in prima dal cognome de’ Griffoli, oriunda da Terranuova, castello nel territorio d’Arezzo.

    Suo padre fu Emilio figliuolo di Antonio di Malatesta di Ser Giovambattista di Messer Antonio Griffoli,il qual cognome fu mutato in quello di Malatesti mediante il suddetto Malatesta di Ser Giovambattista; e nella persona di esso Giovambattista di questa famiglia ammessa alla cittadinanza fiorentina l’anno 1531.

    Nella Chiesa di Santa Croce di Firenze presso il pilastro del pulpito si vede la sepoltura de’ Malatesti, ove giace il nostro Antonio, consistente in una lastrona di marmo intagliato...

  7. La Tina: equivoci rusticali
    (pp. 53-106)
    (pp. 107-108)
    (pp. 109-114)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 115-116)