Colleagues,

It only seems that we have neglected our Italian colleague's inquiry about "Maro Cristianus."


I must confess. Thinking that our colleague would find my childhood Italian, though somewhat barbaric and learned at home and on the streets of Greenwich Village (Little Italy) in the 1030s, less minatory than proper English, I wrote him off-list in a kind of desperate idiom:

"Piu di quarant'anni fa, l'editore Columbia University Press ha pubblicato un mio libro, "Vida's Christiad and Vergilian Epic." La potrei trovare, particolarmente nel capitolo secondo ("Vida's Ars poetica and Vergilian Humanism"), studi brevi di poeti cristiani epici del quattrocento, fra cui il Mantovano. Non ho usato l'appellazione di "Vergilio cristiano" perche, come certe ti e' noto, erano altri poeti nominati cosi -- fra cui Vida e Sannazaro."

Slim pickings, anyway. In another email, I noted the interesting study of Mantuan by Vladimir Zabughin, "Un beato poeta" (Rome 1917) and Zabughin's compact pages on Mantuan in his splendid two-volume "Vergilio nel Rinascimento Italiano: Da Dante a Torquato Tasso," Bologna: Zanichelli 1921-23.

Cheers,

Mario
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