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Cioffi, Caron. "The First Italian Essay on Chaucer." 22 (1987): 53-61.
Critics in France and Germany recognized Chaucer's magnitude by the sixteenth century. In Italy, however, Chaucer was ignored until the nineteenth century. But in 1647, Gerolamo Ghilini, in Teatro d'huomini letterati presented an account of Chaucer's life and works. Because no Italians could read Middle English at that time, Ghilini borrowed heavily from John Pits's Relationem historicarum de rebus Anglicis. The passage is fully presented in Italian with an English translation.