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“A good word is a deaw from heaven to earth: it is a precious balme, that has sweetenesse in the boxe, whence it comes, sweetenesse and vertue in the bodie, whereto it comes: it is a golden chaine, that linkes the tongs, and eares, and harts of writers and readers, each to other.” John Florio, A Worlde of Wordes

"Shakespeare is no longer the great author with the evanescent personality, the provincial so strangely enamored of things Italian. With John Florio, Shakespeare has become the most active instigator of the brief English Renaissance."

L. Tassinari


Lamberto Tassinari was born in Castelfiorentino and spent his childhood on the island of Elba. After obtaining a degree in Philosophy from the University of Florence, he lived in Rome, Milan and Turin where he worked as a teacher and in several publishing companies.

He moved to Montreal in 1981. Two years later he was one of the founders of the transcultural magazine ViceVersa which he directed until its last issue in 1997. Between 1982 and 2007, he taught Italian language and literature at the Université de Montréal.

In 1985 he published a novel, Durante la partenza, in 1999 a collection of essays, Utopies par le hublot and in 2008 Shakespeare? È il nome d’arte di John Florio.

He is currently at work on his second novel and on a production of The Tempest to be staged in Naples. For the first time ever, the play’s autobiographical nature will reveal the underlying, true identity of the Bard, John Florio.


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John Florio
The Man Who Was Shakespeare
by Lamberto Tassinari
Giano Books
$CA 12.99

Second revised and augmented edition,
October 2013

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