Lauro Adolfo De Bosis (December 9, 1901 – October 3, 1931) was an Italian poet and aviator.
In 1928 he won a silver medal in the art competitions of the Olympic Games for his verse-drama "Icarus". He died in October 1931 when his plane ran out of fuel after dropping anti-Fascist leaflets over Rome. According to the pilots who had fueled the plane, he was an inexperienced pilot and had told people that he was flying from Nice to Barcelona and back and his plane had not been fueled completely. A promising poet, at the time of his death he had been editing a volume of Italian poetry for the Oxford University Press. Thornton Wilder dedicated his novel Ides of March (1948) to him, suggesting a parallel between de Bosi and Catullus.
- ^ Firchow, Peter Edgerly (2002). W.H. Auden: Contexts for Poetry. University of Delaware Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0874137668.
- ^ Origo, Iris (New edition edition (1 April 2002)). A Need to Testify. Turtle Point Press. p. 86, 109. ISBN 978-1885586513.
Further reading 
Diggins, John P. Mussolini and Fascism. The view from America. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1972, 430.
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