Harvard University Press publishes book by Dr. Blanchard

Dr. Blanchard
W. Scott Blanchard, Ph.D., professor of English at Misericordia University, along with Jeroen De Keyser, Ph.D., a research fellow at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, published an English translation and Latin edition of, “On Exile,’’ by Francesco Filelfo, as part of The I Tatti Renaissance Library Series from Harvard University Press. The book was released March 25.

Dr. Blanchard translated this fifteenth century dialogue on exile by the Italian humanist Francesco Filelfo (1398-1481), who was writing on behalf of the exiled Florentine aristocrats forced out of Florence in 1434 at the rise of Cosimo de’ Medici. Filelfo’s philosophical dialogue reveals the sufferings imposed by exile, such as poverty and loss of reputation, and the best way to endure and even profit from them, according to the authors.

“On Exile’’ is the first complete edition of the Latin text and the first complete translation into any modern language. Dr. Keyser prepared the Latin text, while Dr. Blanchard prepared the translation.

Dr. Blanchard of Shavertown, Pa., has been an English professor at Misericordia University since 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and a doctoral degree from Columbia University. He has been published widely and has made numerous presentations in the fields of Italian humanism and European literature.