Antonio Fogazzaro

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Antonio Fogazzaro
Portrait of Antonio Fogazzaro.jpg
Born (1842-03-25)March 25, 1842
Died March 7, 1911(1911-03-07) (aged 68)
Occupation Poet, novelist
Nationality Italy Italian
Genre Novel
Notable works The Little World of the Past (1895), The Saint (1905)


Antonio Fogazzaro (Italian pronunciation: [anˈtɔnjo foɡatˈtsaro]; 25 March 1842 – 7 March 1911) was an Italian novelist.[1]


Fogazzaro was born in Vicenza to a rich family. In 1864 he got a law degree in Turin.[2] In Milan he followed the scapigliatura movement. In 1869 he was back in Vicenza to work as lawyer, but he left this path very soon to write books full-time.

In his works one finds a constant conflict between sense of duty and passions, faith and reason. In some cases this brings the tormented soul of characters into mystic experiences. Arguably his masterpiece was Piccolo Mondo Antico (variously titled in English translations as The Patriot or as The Little World of the Past). This well written novel is set in his beloved Valsolda on Lake Lugano, Italy, in the 1850s. It has delightful evocations of the landscape, and strong characterizations which reveal the inner psychological conflicts of the characters.

Fogazzaro was a deeply religious man but supported reform in the Catholic Church and toured Italy proposing to reconcile Darwin's theory of evolution with Christianity.[3] He found new interpretations in positivist and evolutionist theories, but because of this in 1905 the Roman Catholic Church banned the novels Il Santo and Leila. He died six years later in his birthplace, Vicenza.


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  1. ^ McKenzie, Kenneth (1911). "Antonio Fogazzaro," The Yale Review, Vol. I, New Series, pp. 119–128.
  2. ^ Gallarati-Scotti, Tommaso (1922). The Life of Antonio Fogazzaro. London: Hodder and Stoughton, p. 25.
  3. ^ Livingston, Arthur (1917). "Antonio Fogazzaro." In: The Warner Library, Vol. 10. New York: Warner Library Co., p. 5852.

Further reading[edit]

  • Corrigan, Beatrice (1961). "Antonio Fogazzaro and Wilkie Collins," Comparative Literature, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 39–51.
  • Crawford, Virginia M. (1899). "Antonio Fogazzaro." In: Studies in Foreign Literature. Boston: L.C. Page & Company, pp. 219–247.
  • Egerton, Ruth (1911). "Fogazzaro's Last Romance: 'Leila'," The North American Review, Vol. 193, No. 665, pp. 508–514.
  • Hall, Robert A. (1965). "Fogazzaro's Maironi Tetralogy," Italica, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 248–259.
  • Hall, Robert A. (1978). Antonio Fogazzaro. Boston: Twayne Publishers.
  • Kennard, Joseph Spencer (1906). "Antonio Fogazzaro." In: Italian Romance Writers. New York: Brentano's, pp. 215–248.
  • King, Bolton & Thomas Okey (1913). "Literature." In: Italy Today. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 322–352.
  • Kuhns, Oscar (1904). "The Nineteenth Century." In: The Great Poets of Italy. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Company, pp. 284–342.
  • MacMahon, Anita (1911). "Antonio Fogazzaro: The Man and his Work, 1842–1911," The Catholic World, Vol. 93, pp. 516–527.
  • Portier, Lucienne (1937). Antonio Fogazzaro. Paris: Boivin et Cie.
  • Reid, Harriet (1906). "Antonio Fogazzaro," The Living Age, Vol. 251, pp. 139–145.
  • Rose, William J. (1912). "Antonio Fogazzaro," The University Magazine, Vol. XI, pp. 92–103.
  • Rumor, Sebastiano (1896). Antonio Fogazzaro. Milano: Casa Editrice Galli.
  • Sharp, William (1912). "Italian Poets of Today." In: Studies and Appreciations. New York: Duffield & Company, pp. 337–393.
  • Thayer, William Roscoe (1908). "Fogazzaro and his Masterpiece." In: Italica: Studies in Italian Life and Letters. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Company, pp. 1–27.

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