Orlando Furioso (The Frenzy of Orlando, more literally Raging Roland; in Italian furioso is seldom capitalized) is an Italian epic piece of poetry by Ludovico Ariosto which has exerted a wide influence on later culture. The earliest version appeared in 1516, although the poem was not published in its complete form until 1532. Orlando Furioso is a continuation of Matteo Maria Boiardo's unfinished romance Orlando Innamorato ("Orlando in Love", published posthumously in 1495). In its historical setting and characters, it shares some features with the Old French Chanson de Roland of the eleventh century, which tells of the death of Roland. This edition has been formatted for your reader, with an active table of contents. The book has also been annotated, with additional information about the work itself and also its author, including an overview, composition, information about Ariosto and Boiardo, plot, influence, critical reception, translations, and biographical information.
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