This edition comprises a collection of thirteen essays concerning Dante's works written prior to the Commedia, and ranging from the correspondence sonnets exchanged with Guido Cavalcanti and other poets of the old school, the Vita Nova, the Convivio, and the remarkable canzone of exile Tre donne. The essays follow the trend of Dante studies and offer a historical approach rather than a critique of the texts. New hypothesis concerning age-old issues are here brought forward and new and unsuspected topics are launched for debate. A constant leitmotif of this publication is in fact that of raising doubts and opening debates on issues that current opinion normally excludes from any qualms. The nineteenth-century traditionally accepted image of Dante as author of these so-called «minor works» is here challenged with effective argumentation and expression. Guglielmo Gorni is professor of Italian literature at the Faculty of Arts in Geneva. He has covered a number of teaching posts at the Universities of Florence, Neuchâtel, Lausanne and at the Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, USA). His other Dante studies include Il nodo della lingua e il verbo d'Amore, Studi su Dante e altri duecentisti (Olschki 1981), Lettera nome numero. L'ordine delle cose in Dante (il Mulino 1990), Il Dante perduto. Storia vera di un falso (Einaudi 1994), Dante nella selva. Il primo canto della "Commedia" (Pratiche 1995), an edition of the Vita Nova (Einaudi 1996). Among his other publications a study of Italian metrics Metrica e analisi letteraria (il Mulino 1993). Philological and critical studies on classical authors include Petrarca, Alberti, Fifteenth-century Florentine writers, Bembo and Tasso and also modern authors from the Nineteenth century and Gadda. Most of these works are published in various Acts of Seminars and Meetings, literary journals and periodicals. An anthology of Sixteenth-century Italian poets edited by Gorni is to be published soon by Ricciardi.