Persuasion and Rhetoric

Author: Carlo Michelstaedter

Persuasion and Rhetoric
Translated by Cinzia Sartini Blum, David J. Depew, Russell Scott Valentino
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Translated from the Italian with an introduction and critical notes with Cinzia Sartini Bloom and David J. Depew.

This translation of Carlo Michelstaedter’s Persuasion and Rhetoric brings the powerful and original work of a seminal cultural figure to English-language readers for the first time. Ostensibly a commentary on Plato’s and Aristotle’s relation to the pre-Socratic philosophers, Michelstaedter’s deeply personal book is an extraordinary rhetorical feat that reflects the author’s struggle to make sense of modern life. This edition includes an introduction discussing his life and work, an extensive bibliography, notes to introduce each chapter, and critical notes illuminating the text.