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First Italian Reader: A Dual-Language Book

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Beginning students of Italian language and literature will welcome this bilingual anthology edited especially for their needs. Ranging from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries, it features the works of Dante, Boccaccio, Pirandello, and fifty-two others in both the original Italian and expert English translations on the facing pages. Selections include excerpts from poetry, fiction, history, and philosophy.


This is a "first reader" in the sense of its introduction to Italian literature from the 1300s to the 1920s. A solid background in Italian grammar is necessary for the fullest appreciation of the original text. The excerpts are unadulterated, not retold or simplified. Readers can sample the works of men renowned for other talents, such as Michelangelo and Galileo, and discover the original language of The Decameron, The Prince, and even Pinocchio. This self-contained anthology can be used with or without an instructor. It will thrill anyone seeking a fast-paced survey of a vital body of literature from one of the world's greatest cultural legacies.>

Edited and translated by Stanley Appelbaum.

Table of Contents for First Italian Reader: A Dual-Language Book

Introduction 1.

  1. Storybook (ca. 1300): 3 stories
  2. Dante (1265-1321): The Divine Comedy
  3. Petrarca (1304-1374): 5 sonnets
  4. Boccaccio (1313-1375): Decameron
  5. Sacchetti (ca. 1330-1400): The Three Hundred Tales
  6. The Little Flowers of Saint Francis (ca. 1390)
  7. Ser Giovanni Fiorentino: Pecorone (ca. 1400)
  8. Pulci (1432-1484): Morgante
  9. Boiardo (1441-1494): Orlando in Love
  10. Lorenzo de' Medici (1449-1492): 2 lyric poems
  11. Poliziano (1454-1494): 2 lyric poems
  12. Sannazaro (1455-1530): Arcadia
  13. Machiavelli (1469-1527): The Prince
  14. Bembo (1470-1547): The Asolo Discourses
  15. Ariosto (1474-1533): The Frenzy of Orlando
  16. Michelangelo (1475-1564): 2 sonnets
  17. Castiglione (1478-1529): The Courtier
  18. Guicciardini (1483-1540): Florentine Histories & History of Italy
  19. Bandello (1484-1561): Stories
  20. Da Porto (1485-1529): "History . . . of Two Noble Sweethearts"
  21. Straparola (ca. 1490-ca. 1557): The Pleasant Nights
  22. Cellini (1500-1571): Autobiography
  23. Della Casa (1503-1556): Galateo
  24. Cinzio (1504-1573): The Hundred Tales
  25. Vasari (1511-1574): The Lives
  26. Stampa (ca. 1523-1554): 3 sonnets
  27. Tasso (1544-1595): Jerusalem Delivered
  28. Bruno (1548-1600): Cause, Principle, and Unity
  29. Galileo (1564-1642): The Assayer
  30. Campanella (1568-1639): The City of the Sun
  31. Marino (1569-1625): Adonis
  32. Vico (1668-1744): The New Science 
  33. Metastasio (1698-1782): 2 sonnets
  34. Gozzi (1713-1786): 2 sonnets
  35. Parini (1729-1799): sonnet
  36. Alfieri (1749-1803): 3 sonnets
  37. Monti (1754-1828): 2 sonnets
  38. Foscolo (1778-1827): 5 sonnets
  39. Manzoni (1785-1873): The Betrothed
  40. Pellico (1789-1854): My Prisons
  41. Leopardi (1798-1837): 2 lyric poems
  42. De Sanctis (1817-1883): History of Italian Literature
  43. Collodi (1826-1890): The Adventures of Pinocchio
  44. Nievo (1831-1861): The Confessions of an Italian
  45. Carducci (1835-1907): 2 lyric poems and a prose passage
  46. Verga (1840-1922): Master Gesualdo
  47. Boito (1842-1918): "The Black Chess Bishop"
  48. Fogazzaro (1842-1911): Malombra
  49. Pascoli (1855-1912): 3 lyric poems
  50. Svero (1861-1928): Old Age
  51. D'Annunzio (1863-1938): The Innocent One & verse
  52. Croce (1866-1952): Breviary of Esthetics
  53. Pirandello (1867-1936): The Late Mattia Pascal
  54. Deledda (1871-1936): Reeds in the Wind
  55. Saba (1883-1957): 4 lyric poems

Key Benefits

  • Parallel texts enable you to read through the text and check on any words or phrases that you might not have quite understood. These books are a great tool for language learners!
  • Full translation in English
  • Notes on certain sections
  • Read some great works of literature while also learning a language
  • Ideal for intermediate learners

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Book Genre Fiction
Book Format Parallel Text
Binding Paperback
Publisher Dover Publications
Number of pages 240
ISBN 978-0486465357
Date of Publication 07-Jul-08
Language Italian
Level Beginner
Media Type Book
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