Jacopo Sannazzaro

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Sannazzaro, Jacopo


Born July 28, 1456, in Naples; died there Apr. 24, 1530. Italian writer. Served at the court of the duke of Calabria.

Sannazzaro’s most famous work is Arcadia, a pastoral in verse and prose (written between 1480 and 1485; published in 1504). It contrasts an isolated, idealized world with the depravity of court life. Arcadia helped further the development of the pastoral genre in European literature.


Opere volgari. Edited by A. Mauro. Bari, 1961.
L’Arcadia. Edited by E. Carrara. Turin, 1944.


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Altamura, A. “J. Sannazaro.” In Letteratura italiana: I minori, vol. 1. Milan [1969].
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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