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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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... of a temperament notable for its restlessness, its dissatisfaction, its self-awareness, for whom writing became a way of forging an identity, structuring a personality to bequeath to posterity. KenelmFoster 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 ...

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