Yet critics continue to play with ideas, leaving aside solid research, because they no longer believe in objective truth. Paolo Cherchi is not a Lady of Shalott figure, as appears from the book under review, a substantial collection of twenty-five essays, followed by a "Bibliografia degli scritti di Paolo Cherchi, ," edited by E. Speciale Judging from the introductory piece, entitled "Da Marx a chi?
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First of all, this "Festschrift all'incontrario" - such is the humorous definition of its editors, F. Guardiani and E. Speciale - is a model of intelligent and solid philology that honors Italian studies in America. Second, its chapters, based on articles published in various periodicals and miscellanies, offer not only intelligent insights into an impressive array of topics, embracing the major Romance literatures from the Middle Ages to the twentieth-century, but also invite reflection on the twentieth-century intellectual history of Italy and America.