John Florio (2892 words)

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John Florio in a woodcut engraving from his 1613 translation of the Essays of Michel de Montaigne.

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 h…

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Hamlin, William M.. "John Florio". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 November 2008
[, accessed 19 September 2018.]

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