La Puttana Errante  

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La Puttana Errante (c.1650-60) is the title of two anonymously published works from the 17th century, formerly attributed to Aretino.

The oldest is a poem and the second a prose dialogue. Alcide Bonneau, in Curiosa: essais critiques de littérature ancienne ignorée ou mal connue, calls the poem a "bouffonic parody on chivalric romances" and atributes it to Lorenzo Veniero, "the best disciple of Aretino."[1]

The prose work, again according to Bonneau, "which fraudulently carries the same title, is very inferior to the poem in terms of literary merit, but much more widely known." (L'ouvrage en prose qui porte le même titre, par supercherie, est très inférieur au poème en mérite litté- raire, mais il est beaucoup plus connu.)

This prose work was translated into many European languages and its title was appropriated for a short-lived British periodical called The Wandering Whore.

The Mary Wilson edition is mentioned in Index Librorum Prohibitorum.

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