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Isotta Nogarola

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226590073

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226590097.001.0001

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Guarino's Circle(1436–38)

Guarino's Circle(1436–38)

(p.40) II Guarino's Circle(1436–38)
Complete Writings
University of Chicago Press

In this chapter, a set of thirteen letters written between 1436 and 1438 by Isotta Nogarola—an Italian-born French author—her sister, and their correspondents is presented that centers around the figure of Guarino Veronese—a compatriot of the Nogarola family. In the sequence of letters written between 1436 and 1438, Nogarola enters a humanist circle that is broader than her family and her city, although its members remain linked to those anchors. The chief achievement was to win the attention of Guarino Veronese whose own fame and connections to a broader Italian public would boost her image among the learned. In approaching Guarino, she risked the shame of being rejected and for several months felt herself mocked by the Veronese community and especially the women, for whom her pretensions to status in the intellectual world might have seemed both perplexing and threatening. In the end, Guarino affirmed her bid for recognition.

Keywords:   Guarino Veronese, Veronese community, letters, Italian public

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