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“THE MANY LIVES OF JOHN FLORIO, ANGLO-ITALIAN IN RENAISSANCE ENGLAND.”

by Resolute John Florio

JAN KOCHANOWSKI UNIVERSITY, KIELCE. CONFERENCE “ASPECTS OF POPULAR CULTURE”

John Florio is today recognised as the most important humanist in Renaissance England.
He contributed to the English language with more than one thousand new words, translated the Essays of Michel de Montaigne, and published the first Italian-English dictionary, A World of Words.
However, the most notable aspect of his career is how he created an extraordinary public persona for himself, which enabled him to obtain various secret jobs, and to collaborate with many of his contemporaries, publishing numerous works anonymously to bring forward his projects behind his personal motto: “Who lives content hath all the world at will.”

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