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Changes of Heart

Prue Shaw, 23 May 1985

Petrarch 
by Nicholas Mann.
Oxford, 121 pp., £7.95, October 1984, 0 19 287610 4
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Petrarch: Poet and Humanist 
by Kenelm Foster.
Edinburgh, 214 pp., £9, July 1984, 0 85224 485 1
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... writing became a way of forging an identity, structuring a personality to bequeath to posterity. Kenelm Foster reacts to the unreliability of Petrarch’s testimony in exactly the opposite way. Painstakingly, warily, with the utmost caution, he tries to reconstruct the experience behind the words, to make sense of the inner world of the ...

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