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Serendipity in the Archive

Illustrations by Tim Foley for The Chronicle Review

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In 1557, intellectuals in Venice became enamored of a newly translated Persian folktale. The "Peregrinaggio di Tre Giovani, Figliuoli del re di Serendippo" ("Adventures of Three Young Men, Sons of the King of Serendippo") was quickly followed by...

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