The publishing Salerno publishes a new monumental edition of the "Rime" Lapo Gianni. Submitted by Dante in 'elite stilnovisti a crucial step in the Ordinary speech (I XIII 4), Ser Lapo Gianni, Florentine notary, remains today a controversial figure and elusive, to the point that in recent decades there has been questioned even the name and then the membership fee Stilnovo.
The criticism has in fact always expressed differing opinions on Lapo place in the literary historiography and on the same value of his poetry: some have recognized him as a courteous lingered follower, then attracted into Cavalcanti, much to exercise, your back, influence on a younger Dante; who insisted on the idea of a certain closeness and cooperation of 'school' with the most famous friends; expenditure, finally, it considered a more or less late imitator of the style Cavalcanti and Dante.
The volume of Salerno edited by Roberto Rea proposes a new critical edition with commentary of rhymes definitely attributable to Lapo Gianni, for which the reference text has been up to now, despite the revision proposed by Iovine (1989), still the one set by Contini in Poets of the thirteenth century (1960). The new critical text is accompanied, for each poem, by the necessary documentation philological, so that readers can, for the first time in the case of Lapo, punctually verify the substantive and linguistic choices, as well as the conduct of several witnesses. The comment, as well as making the lyrics totally accessible and to furnish accurate interpretation, It aims to rebuild the author's linguistic and literary culture, especially trying to clarify its relationship with Cavalcanti's poetry and Dante, in order to define its role within the highest stilnovisti experience. Roberto Rea teaches philology of Italian literature and Dante Philology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Among his publications, Cavalcanti poet. A study on the lyrical lexicon (Roma, 2008); he also edited, with George English, the annotated edition of the Rhyme Guido Cavalcanti (Roma, 2011).