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Stefano Carrai was born in Florence in 1955. He graduated at the University of Florence in 1978.
Most of all he was concerned with Italian Literature of the Middle Age and the Renaissance. He edited Maestro Rinuccino's from Florence Sonetti (Florence, Accademia della Crusca, 1981) and surveyed the Tuscan Poetry of XIIIth century (La lirica toscana del Duecento, Rome-Bari, Laterza, 1997). He wrote a book on Dante's Vita nova (Florence, Olschki, 2006) and edited an annotated edition of this work (Milan, Rizzoli, 2009). About Dante he pubblished also Dante e l'antico, Florence, Edizioni del Galluzzo-SISMEL, 2012. About Boccaccio: Boccaccio e i volgarizzamenti (Rome, Salerno Ed., 2016). The other field of his interests is the poetry of the Renaissance. He wrote essays on the works of Pulci brothers (Le Muse dei Pulci, Naples, Guida, 1985), on Poetry Renaissance genres (I precetti di Parnaso, Rome, Bulzoni, 1999) and on Lyric Poetry in the Renaissance (L'usignolo di Bembo, Rome, Carocci, 2006); he edited an annotated edition of Poliziano's Stanze and Fabula di Orfeo (Milan, Mursia, 1988) and a critical edition of Boiardo's Latin Eclogues (Padua, Antenore, 1996; new edition Novara, Interlinea, 2010). He published books concerning also modern authors as Italo Svevo (Il caso clinico di Svevo e altri saggi di filologia sveviana, Pisa, Pacini, 2010) and Umberto Saba (Saba, Rome, Salerno Ed., 2017). He wrote a book on a poetic theme (Ad Somnum, Padua, Antenore, 1990).
He is member of the editorial board of "Giornale storico della letteratura italiana" and "L’Alighieri". He is fellow of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti.