John Florio, whose long life coincided with the literary careers
of Sir Philip Sidney, William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, is best
known today for his exuberant English translation of the
Essays of Michel de Montaigne. To his contemporaries,
however, he was familiar primarily as a talented language teacher
and an indefatigable compiler of dictionaries and linguistic
guides. Ambitious, versatile, hugely industrious and occasionally
belligerent, Florio was a conspicuous figure in the London of
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Hamlin, William M.. "John Florio". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 November 2008
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