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Vittoria Colonna: A Study by Alethea Wiel

Vittoria Colonna: A Study, with Translations of Some of Her Published and Unpublished Sonnets - Alethea Wiel

As the title implies, this book offers English translations of Vittoria Colonna's sonnets. For my purposes, however, the Marchioness's poetry is irrelevant. Moreover, no sources are given within the text. As such, Wiel makes claims that she does not substantiate. For academic purposes, this book is, therefore, no longer useful for anyone who wants their own work to be reliable. Sometimes you can trace back the source, for example, when she gives a direct quote. But when she writes that Vittoria 'wrote bitterly to Pompeo Colonna', Wiel does not provide a date of this particular letter.


This book is very descriptive. If you're looking for monographs which cite sources, I would recommend something more recent, such as:


If you're looking for something analytical and academic try Vittoria Colonna and the Spiritual Poetics of the Italian Reformation or Publishing Women: Salons, the Presses, and the Counter-Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Italy.



Details & Where to Buy


This work is in the public domain and can be downloaded for free to read
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First published: 1889?

Original title:


Vittoria Colonna: A Study, with Translations of

Some of Her Published and Unpublished Sonnets

Author: Alethea Wiel



Ebook at The Internet Archive, 2nd revised

edn (Gilbert & Rivington, 1889)

Pages: 120
Read: 26 July 2013
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