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Count Vittorio Alfieri


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Ludovico Ariosto : Orlando Furioso

Byron to John Cam Hobhouse, 3 June 1819, from Ferrara: "In looking over the M.S. of Ariosto today -- I found at the bottom of the page after the last stanza of Canto 44, Orlando Furioso ending with the line "'Mi serbo a farsi udie ne l'altro Canto' "the follow[ing] autograph in pencil of Alfieri's 'Vittorio Alfieri vide e venero' / 8 Giugno 1783. --' 'The Librarian told me that Alfieri wrote this marginal note by permission of the Superiors -- and that he himself had seen Alfieri crying for hours over the M.S.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Count Vittorio Alfieri      Manuscript: Unknown


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