The history of the literary relations between Italy and England has its most celebrated modern representative in Ugo Foscolo (1778-1827). The book is the first comprehensive and historicized reading of Foscolo's correspondence and reveals the rich and complex relations between the Italian writer and the literature, philosophy, and culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England. With over 3,000 letters spanning three decades, Foscolo' correspondence represents a unique perspective from which to monitor his literary, philosophical, and political views. These are letters which ultimately produce one of the most complete yet most composite self-portraits in the history of modern Italian autobiography.
Sandra Parmegiani is Assistant Professor of European Studies at the University of Guelph. She works on Italian-English literary relations in the long Eighteenth century and on contemporary Italian literature.