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Jacopo della Quercia

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Dante, Machiavelli, Alexandre Dumas, Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne.

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JACOPO DELLA QUERCIA is an award-winning educator, essayist, and novelist. His work has been featured on BBC America, Business Insider, CNN Money, Folger Magazine, The Huffington Post, Reader's Digest, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Slate, and Princeton University's Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America, among others.

As a writer, Jacopo strives to present otherwise obscure scholarly subjects in a manner more easily accessible and enjoyable for all audiences: a practice he honed in the classroom. His novels are The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy and its sequel, License to Quill , with many more to follow!
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As someone who studied Machiavelli in Florence and has taught classes on his writings for a decade, I am delighted to report that John P. McCormick's "Reading Machiavelli" is the best book I have ever read on the subject, and I most highly recommend ...more
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"Couldn't put it down. Liked how the author included references to news articles of events happening during the time of his story to link it into history."
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“Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales was expected to clock in at anywhere between 100 and 120 chapters. Unfortunately, the dude only managed to finish 24 tales before he suffered an insurmountable and permanent state of writer's block commonly known as death.”
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“What does it do?” “I don’t know.” Robert shrugged. “It was on the original Roosevelt desk. We think it fired a pistol concealed beneath the tabletop.”
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“What does it do?” “I don’t know.” Robert shrugged. “It was on the original Roosevelt desk. We think it fired a pistol concealed beneath the tabletop.”
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message 4: by Tory

Tory Allyn Hi Jacopo,

I see you are from Albany, NY. We are practically neighbors. I live a few miles from Syracuse, NY.

Tory Allyn


Jacopo Quercia Likewise! Thanks!


message 2: by Steph

Steph Patt Hi Jacopo! Thanks for the friend request! I look forward to seeing you around GR!


Jacopo Quercia Chad B. wrote: "Jacopo, thank you for the Goodreads friend connect.
Wishing you the very best!

Chad"


Thank you kindly, Chad!


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