Giovanni Battista Guarini

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Battista Guarini was born in Ferrara in 1538, into a family that counted Guarino Veronese among its ancestors, and was closely associated with the Este family. He received a humanist education, which he completed at the University of Padua with studies in law and possibly also philosophy. In 1557 he returned to Ferrara, where he replaced his great-uncle, Alessandro, as a professor of rhetoric and poetics at the Arch-gymnasium. His relationship with the Este family was further consolidated through his marriage to Taddea Bendidio, who was related to the Rossetti and Bentivoglio families, both of which had strong ties with the ducal house of Ferrara. His first break-through on the literary scene came in 1564, when he was invited by the …

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Schneider, Federico. "Giovanni Battista Guarini". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 February 2009
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