Peter N. Miller is a professor at Bard Graduate Center, where he is also the Dean. His latest book, Peiresc’s Mediterranean World, was published in May. (July 2015)

IN THE REVIEW

A Passionate Master

La République des lettres

by Marc Fumaroli
On July 6, 1417, the Venetian nobleman Francesco Barbaro sent a laudatory letter to Gian Francesco Poggio Bracciolini, secretary to the Antipope John XXIII and a leading humanist of his time. Barbaro praised Poggio’s extraordinary success in ferreting out ancient texts from their moldering monastic hiding places while in Germany …