John Florio


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Florio, John

(flô`rēō), 1553?–1625, English author, b. London of Italian parentage. Educated at Oxford, Florio served in various capacities at the court of James I. He is chiefly remembered for his free translation (1603) of the essays of Montaigne. He wrote works on Italian grammar and compiled an Italian-English dictionary, A World of Words (1598).
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7) John Florio thus stoutly defends translation in terms that are resolutely cosmopolitan in an at least potentially utopian form by declaring it the medium through which collective human knowledge is dispersed and preserved-or, in Benjamin's terms, has an afterlife (Florio puts it: "had its of-spring").
Angela Florio, daughter of John Florio (King Industries), accepts the 2006 Melvin Gerson Memorial Scholarship, funded by Elementis Specialties, from Michael Frantz (Elementis), at the May meeting.
7) Boswell has found 322 literary allusions to the Florentine in English books published between 1477 and 1640, a number of them by persons Jonson admired or knew well, such as Sir Philip Sidney and John Florio.
Angela Florio, daughter of John Florio, accepts the Melvin Gerson Memorial Scholarship, funded by Elementis Specialties, from Michael Frantz.
Part 2, which consists of a single chapter, focuses on dictionaries, language books, proverbs, and commonplaces, the key figure here being John Florio.
John Florio, in dedicating Book II of his Montaigne to Sidney's daughter Elizabeth, Lady Rutland, and to Lady Rich in 1603, wrote that had seen Sidney's rendering of "the first septmane of that arch-poet Du Bartas.
Later on he would marry the sister of John Florio, the closest of Bruno's friends in London and, as his English-Italian dictionary witnesses, an enthusiastic reader of Bruno's works.