Brand, Peter, and Lino Pertile, eds. The Cambridge History of Italian Literature. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. In “Bembo and the Classicist Tradition,” Anthony Oldcorn sketches the broad influence of Bembo on the likes of Michelangelo, Della Casa, Torquato Tasso, and contemporary women poets, such as Gaspara Stampa. Presents Bembo’s establishment of bembismo and the debate it sparked.
McLaughlin, Martin L. Literary Imitation in the Italian Renaissance: The Theory and Practice of Literary Imitation from Dante to Bembo. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995. The final chapter outlines the 1512 literary dispute between Bembo and Pico della Mirandola. McLaughlin examines Bembo’s defense of strict Ciceronian formalism, in opposition to eclectic or syncretic developments in Latin or the vernacular, and his “literary credo,” which is applicable to all his subsequent critical work.
Raffini, Christine. Marsiglio Ficino, Pietro Bembo, Baldassare Castiglione: Philosophical, Aesthetic, and Political Approaches in Renaissance Platonism. New York: Peter Lang, 1998. This is a short, chronological treatment of Bembo’s life and major works with an emphasis on his impact on contemporary poets and scholars. Platonism is treated but lightly.
Robb, Nesca A. Neoplatonism in the Italian Renaissance. London: Allen and Unwin, 1935. In the chapter on the trattato d’amore, Robb analyses Gli Ascolani as a Neoplatonic treatise on love in a courtly setting and a prototype of its genre.
Wilkins, Ernest H. A History of Italian Literature. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1974. Wilkins’s short chapter on “Bembo” places him squarely in the tumultuous years of the early sixteenth century. His life and major works are discussed chronologically, if briefly, and his later influence is asserted.