Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library

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Journey to Italy

Donatien Alphonse Fran├žois de Sade

Translation, introduction, and notes by James A. Steintrager

In 1775, the young Count de Sade was on the run. He had briefly fled to Italy before to escape punishment for his libertine adventures. Most notably, he had been convicted for…

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Michelangelo Buonarroti

The Joseph Tusiani's Classic Translation. Edited by Gianluca Rizzo with an essay by Glauco Cambon.

This volume presents an updated version of the classic translation of Michelangelo's poetry by Joseph Tusiani, first published in 1960, that famously prompted President JFK…

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Who we are

The Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library is an organic collection of Italian texts translated into English. Its role is to make available a series of one hundred works by Italian authors who have made significant literary, philosophical, juridical, and historical contributions to the world of international culture.

What we do

The Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library is intended for both the specialist and general readership.

Lorenzo Da Ponte
quotes We have no empire, such as did the Romans, so powerful that subject cities spontaneously sought to emulate their rulers' speech... Nonetheless it can clearly be seen how, in our present times, many diverse people of intelligence and refinement, outside Italy no less than within Italy, devote much effort and study to learning and speaking our language for no other reason than love.
Giovan Battista Gelli, Ragionamento sulla lingua, 1551 quotes
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