Italian writers

Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ludovico Ariosto Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533) was born on September 8th at Reggio Emilia (a town in North Italy, in the Emilia-Romagna region). Born to Niccolo Ariosto (a commander of the citadel of Reggio), he studied law in his earlier years. Then, after five years of law study, he began to study classical literature under the mentoring of Gregorio da Spoleto. Ariosto was going to study Greek as well as Latin, but missed this opportunity when his teacher was sent to France to tutor Francesco
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
"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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
"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'
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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