Michael Lettieri is Associate Dean of Humanities and Professor of Italian at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. He is also Director of the Italian School at Middlebury College and Associate Editor of Italica. He has published several books, including a critical edition of Pietro Aretino’s Orazia (with a critical essay and a bibliographical note by Rocco M. Morano) and of Il Capriccio (n anonymous Italian Renaissance tragedy).2003 0-7734-6740-81997 0-7734-8659-3
These are the first English translations of two of the most significant tragedies of the Italian Renaissance. Trissino's Sophonisba, written in 1515, is considered the first "regular" tragedy written in Italian and the one which paved the way for the other Italian and European tragedies of the century. Aretino's Horatia, published in Venice in 1546, has been hailed not only as one of the most important works of Aretino's literary production, but also as one of the best tragic compositions of sixteenth-century Europe.