At a glance:
- Author: Pietro Aretino
- First Published: 1534
- Type of Work: Dialogues
- Time of Work: Sixteenth century
- Setting: Rome
- Characters: Nanna, Antonia, Pippa
- Genres: Fable, Short fiction, Allegory
- Subjects: Sex or sexuality, Authors or writers, Storytelling, Corruption, Sixteenth century, Convents or nunneries, Rome, Royal courts or courtiers
- Locales: Europe, Rome, Italy, Italy
Pietro Aretino won his reputation as “the Scourge of Princes” with his sharp, scurrilous attacks on the important men of his time; he is best known as a writer for his vigorous, witty, often obscene plays and dialogues that show him as a realist and something of an ironist. He was deeply conscious of the moral corruption of his age, but he was for the most part content to portray it vividly without endeavoring to reform it.
The Discourses (Ragionamenti) is based on an underlying premise that sex is the overriding concern of all human beings. Aretino...
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