Torquato Tasso

Standard Name: Tasso, Torquato


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Education Freya Stark
Freya had a German governess until the age of eight, and then an Italian governess who stayed until she was fourteen.
Izzard, Molly. Freya Stark: A Biography. Hodder and Stoughton.
More importantly, Freya was close to her grandmother Madeleine Stark , who read...
Education Jane Welsh Carlyle
But by the end of his first visit, Jane Welsh agreed to allow Carlyle to supervise her reading, and on his departure he provided her with a list of books by authors including Tasso ,...
Intertextuality and Influence Eleanor Sleath
The action of this novel takes place in many different parts of Italy. Its features include a mystery over the heroine's birth (her mother was an escaped nun and her father was burned by...
Intertextuality and Influence Christina Rossetti
Her early work and the passages she copied into her mother's commonplace-book show the influence of Tennyson and Wordsworth ; she also acknowledged the impact of Gray and Crabbe , and wrote several poems inspired...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Postuma Simcoe
EPS has an eye for picturesque scenes, which she describes as set pieces as well as sketching as an artist. Examples are the group formed by a servant and a native each knee-deep in a...
Intertextuality and Influence Harriet Smythies
In a critical preface HS reveals her gender though not her name. She opens by invoking the author of Rienzi (either, Mary Russell Mitford or Edward Bulwer Lytton ). The two groups of lovers and...
Intertextuality and Influence Susanna Watts
SW 's choice of originals shows the catholicity of her tastes: on the one hand a Renaissance work (of which the standard English version was by John Hoole , 1763) and on the other Le...
Literary responses Ann Radcliffe
Anna Seward , in letters which were to be published in AR 's lifetime, mixed her praise of her gothic oeuvre with some trenchant criticism.
Norton, Rictor. Mistress of Udolpho: The Life of Ann Radcliffe. Leicester University Press.
Nathan Drake called Radcliffe the Shakespeare of Romance Writers...
Occupation Frances Reynolds
Samuel Johnson was eager to sit for her, and did so on three occasions: in March 1775, in June 1780, and in summer 1783. He may have been sitting for her on the day before...
Reception Aphra Behn
Alexander Pope used a poem by AB , The Golden Age, in his Peri Bathous; or, The Art of Sinking in Poetry, as an example of the despised Florid Style. To sharpen his...
Textual Features Isabella Neil Harwood
The last play in this volume, Tasso, tells the story of the Italian Renaissance poet Torquato Tasso , who here leaves his home and his love, Laura, to pursue ambition, fame, and fortune. At...
Textual Features Elizabeth Singer Rowe
The Vision (first of her poems both in the Tonson volume and in the posthumous Miscellaneous Works) and On the Creation both express the resolve to choose religious themes for the future. Two extended...
Textual Features Anne Marsh
Adelaide Lindsay, which quotes Tasso on its title-page, gives no hint as to what AM 's non-authorial relationship with it may have been. It follows its heroine from her first arrival home to Jamaica...
Textual Features Helena Wells
HW says she has more respect for the upper classes than some of our modern reformists.
Wells, Helena. Letters on Subjects of Importance to the Happiness of Young Females. L. Peacock; W. Creech.
She recommends reading poetry and history, not novels: Novel reading tends to enervate the mind. We rise from...
Textual Production Isabella Neil Harwood
INH published three plays in one volume, entitled Arabella Stuart ; The Heir of Linne; Tasso.
Pall Mall Gazette. J. K. Sharpe.
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Late 1589: Italian poet Battista Guarini published his...

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Late 1589

Italian poet Battista Guarini published his pastoral tragi-comedyIl Pastor Fido (The Faithful Shepherd), designed to rival his friend Torquato Tasso 's Aminta, 1581.

22 November 1599: Edward Fairfax licensed with the Stationers'...

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22 November 1599

Edward Fairfax licensed with the Stationers' Company his Godfrey of Bulloigne, or The Recouerie of Jerusalem, his translation of Gerusalemme Liberata by Torquato Tasso (1581), which was published in 1600.

October 1794: The The Free-Masons's Magazine carried a...

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October 1794

The The Free-Masons's Magazine carried a fiercely anti-slavery poem by someone calling herself Clorinda: An Elegy to the Island of Jamaica.


Rowe, Elizabeth Singer, and Torquato Tasso. Select Translations from Tasso’s Jerusalem. E. Curll, 1738.