Written by one of the biggest poets ever, My Secret Book, in its first English translation now, is a profound and personal account of inner suffering and mental anguish deeply. troubled by his struggle-and failure-to achieve spiritual perfection
Deeply, Petrarch, considered the forefather of Italian humanism, sought catharsis in the writing of the “secret book.” Only here could he pour out his innermost thoughts, frustrations, and desires. Written by means of a dialogue between himself and St. Augustine, the written book wrestles with the universal themes of suffering, desire, fear, and joy. The effect is a rare insight into Petrarch’s life and thought and a impressive early exemplory case of self-revelation and autobiography. Foreword by Germaine Greer.