The Moral Essays
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Moral Essays by Giacomo Leopardi
Book DescriptionNewly awakened interest in Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), arguably the greatest Italian poet since the Renaissance, has resulted in this project to translate a major portion of his works. This volume is the first of four which will encompass the great Canti (in bilingual text), selections from the poet's correspondence, a substantial portion of his enormous intellectual journal, the Zibaldone, and the focus of the present volume, the Operette morali. Originally planned as a set of dialogues in the manner of Lucian, the Operette is a compilation of brief, interrelated works on questions of moral philosphy. By means of numerous characters, and by means of a range of styles, Leopardi grapples with a theory of pleasure, the concepts of fame, the infinite, human happiness, the function of poetry, and other topics. In the poet's own opinion, the Operette represented his major philosophical speculation and ranked just below his Canti.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231057073
(211mm x 151mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 11-Jul-1983
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Giacomo Leopardi
Passions, Hardback (November 2014)
Selections from Leopardi's prose masterwork, Zibaldone, one of the great intellectual diaries in European literature, expertly translated by Tim Parks
Giacomo Leopardi: Canti, Paperback (July 2014)
First published in 1937, this book presents a selection of poems from Leopardi's Canti in the original Italian.
Poems of Leopardi, Paperback (December 2013)» View all books by Giacomo Leopardi
First published in 1923, this book presents the complete text of Giacomo Leopardi's Canti in the original Italian with facing-page English translation.
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