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Oriana Fallaci: a Tuscan journalist in New York
Friday, October 28TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Oriana Fallaci: a Tuscan journalist in New York Oriana Fallaci  was a famous Italian journalist born in Florence in June 29th,1929. She became famous thanks to the cultural and intellectual contribution she gave in the course of her life and also after her death, which took place in September 15th, 2006. Oriana Fallaci had a very strong personality that emerged since her youth; in fact, she followed the path of her father, Edoardo Fallaci, and joined the Resistenza in order to end the dictatorship of Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. Thanks to her activism, the Italian Army gave her...
Italian Writers
Friday, November 12TH, 2010 by admin
Nicola Zingarelli ( writer of the most famous Italian Dictionary ) Italy has a long history of writers. We could go back in time as far as ancient Rome to find the seeds of what millennia later would grow in Italian writing. Actually, the history of literature in Italy is, as it's evident, heavily influenced by the country's history.   After the fall of the Roman Empire, every patch of territory once united, became isolated and its inhabitants introduced their own variations to the common Latin tongue, that later evolved in various types of vernacular which were to become the Italian...
Dante Alighieri
Monday, September 08TH, 2008 by admin
Dante Alighieri Described by many as a living canvas and mainly known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, sophisticated Florence is impressive with its grand palaces, beautiful churches and priceless art collections. It is not for nothing that Florence epitomizes the wealth and extravagance befitting a European cultural capital. Yet this is not the greater story. It would be rash to conclude that Florence is simply the centre of some of the greatest artistic and architectural achievements of early Renaissance Europe. In my opinion, there is something infinitely more important....
Francesco Berni
Wednesday, August 20TH, 2008 by admin
"Who steals a bugle-horn, a ring, a steed,Or such like worthless thing, has some discretion;'Tis petty larceny: not such his deedWho robs us of our fame, our best possession."- Orlando Innamorata (canto LV) Francesco Berni Francesco Berni (1497-1536), was the founder of Bernesque Poetry, a serio-comic poetry full of satire. This style was named after him due to him excelling in the method and really taking this style of poetry to the forefront. Serio-comic poetry was also found in Lord Byron's Don Juan as well. He mostly wrote cantos in terza rima, a style of poetic rhyme scheme that had...
Vittorio Alfieri
Wednesday, August 20TH, 2008 by admin
Vittorio Alfieri The life of Vittorio Alfieri has been a subject of controversy for many years. Some attribute his immense success as a writer to his wealth, claiming his work was stark and only touched the surface. Others view Alfieri's work as pure genius, believing his dramatic style gave way to the age of tragedy in Italian literature. There are those who view Alfieri as a brash individual who sought only to satisfy his own needs through whatever means he deemed necessary, and there are some who see Alfieri as the enlightening inspiration for the great Italian independence movement,...
Manzoni
Wednesday, August 20TH, 2008 by admin
Alessandro Manzoni is an Italian poet and novelist best known for his lyric poem Il Cinque Maggio, which is an ode on the death of Napoleon, and his novel I promessi sposi or translated as The Betrothed. Manzoni was born in Milan on March 7, 1785 to Pietro Manzoni and Donna Giulia. His father Pietro was a fifty-year-old rich landowner with an estate near Lecco and his mother Giulia was a 26-year-old daughter of a famous Italian writer Cesare Beccaria. Alessandro's parents separated in 1792 and Alessandro stayed with his father and grew up in Milan. He went to the University of Pavia for a...
Boccaccio
Wednesday, August 20TH, 2008 by admin
BoccaccioThe Influences of Shakespeare and Chaucer Before William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer, there was the man who both inspired and influenced much of their work: Giovanni Boccaccio. Boccaccio composed ground-breaking literary works during his lifetime that built the foundation for literature today. His poems and epics written in Italian and Latin became classics that would endure for hundreds of years and influence the path that literature would take in the years following his life. Giovanni Boccaccio was born in midsummer in 1313. There are discrepancies concerning the exact...
Petrarca Part II
Wednesday, August 20TH, 2008 by admin
"In my younger days I struggled constantly with an overwhelming but pure love affair - my only one, and I would have struggled with it longer had not premature death, bitter but salutary for me, extinguished the cooling flames. I certainly wish I could say that I have always been entirely free from desires of the flesh, but I would be lying if I did." -Petrarch Petrarch by Bargilla Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374) was one of the great poets of Italian Literature. It is Petrarch, along with Dante Alighieri, who is known as the father of the Renaissance. Born in Arezzo, he was the son of a...
Petrarca Part I
Wednesday, August 20TH, 2008 by admin
Francesco Petrarca statue in ItalyFrancesco Petrarca Francesco Petrarca is one of the most famous figures in Italian literature. Widely known today as Francis Petrarch, he became an innovative scholar, poet, and humanist that influenced literature for centuries. Petrarca has been admired for his emotional sonnets and his intriguing thoughts on culture, but most of all, he sparked wonder in the hearts of scholars all over the world with his works describing the forbidden love of his life, a woman named Laura. Petrarca (Petrarch) was born in Arezzo in the year 1304, in a time when the world...
Dante Alighieri
Wednesday, August 20TH, 2008 by admin
Dante's Passionately Written Books and his Life Dante Alighieri Dante was born in 1268 in Florence, Italy to a prestigious and powerful family. While still young his mother passed away, leaving the vulnerable boy in the capable and steady hands of his father Alighiero II. He took great pains in teaching him the meaning of duty and honor, leaning on a family friend called Brunetto Latini for help. Latini was not only a famous scholar and politician, but also a poet; possibly influencing the young Dante in ways that would not be evident for years. Unfortunately his father died in the early...

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